n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Algeria's northern Mali headache - : North Africa - issue in focus

Volume 2014, Issue 03
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On 5 December 2013, the Algerian Army struck a major blow against al-Qaeda by killing five members of its North Africa wing, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), in Tamanrasset, Algeria (situated 350 km northeast of the Malian border). One of the slain men was AQIM's third highest ranking official, Khalil Ould Addad, nicknamed 'Abu Bassen'. Addad and his associates were speeding through Algeria's Saharan desert on four wheelers en route from Mali to northern Algeria to attend an AQIM meeting. The Algerian Army followed the five AQIM members with the intention of taking them alive. Yet, a decision was made to launch an air-to-surface missile at the vehicle transporting Addad.

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