Archive for the ‘Mauritania’ Category

Primer on Jihadi Players in Algeria and Mali, Pt. 1: AQIM

Posted: 19th January 2013 by Andrew Lebovich in AQIM, Mauritania

[Editor's Note: Jihadica is thrilled to welcome Andrew Lebovich, one of the very few people who specializes in North African jihadis. This is the first of a four part series on the jihadi chess pieces at play in the current Mali/Algerian crisis. Tomorrow's post will be on the splinter group founded by the mysterious Mokhtar Belmokhtar, [...]

Training Camps in Mauritania

Posted: 23rd October 2008 by Will McCants in Mauritania
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Regular readers of Jihadica know of my long-running interest in Jihadism in Mauritania (go here for a great blog about the country).  Recently, a German intel chief remarked that al-Qaeda has moved all of its training camps from Af-Pak to Mauritania and is planning to launch attacks on Europe from there.  The movement of all the [...]

I’ve been collecting news stories on the terror suspects arrested in Saudi Arabia. Much of the reporting relies on Saudi security personnel and the Interior Ministry’s statement last week, so it should be read with due skepticism. There’s a lot to discuss, but I’ll save my comments for later. For the moment it’s worth noting [...]

Mauritania Again

Posted: 28th June 2008 by Will McCants in Mauritania, Saudi Arabia
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In the news surrounding the Saudi statement on its capture of suspected terrorists over the past six months (see Marisa’s links here and here and here), one thing stood out: 40 Mauritanians were arrested in Saudi’s oil-rich Eastern Province, some (all?) of whom were part of a cell that planned to attack oil installations in [...]

Mauritania on the Horizon

Posted: 7th June 2008 by Will McCants in Mauritania
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Ekhlaas member moutagha asks “What is the reason that Usama mentioned Mauritania in his latest speech?” He notes that it was well after al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb attacked the Israeli embassy in Mauritania in February 2008 and after Jihadis killed four French tourists in December 2007. Although moutagha does not receive any good responses [...]