December 03, 2012
Good News: Top AQIM Commander Quits
Bad News: Thinks AQIM's Vision of Islamic State in Northwest Africa Too Limited
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's goals of a unified Islamic state throughout Nortwest Africa is .... too small? WaPo:
“It’s true,” said Hamaha. “It’s so that we can better operate in the field that we have left this group which is tied to the ‘Maghreb’ appellation. We want to enlarge our zone of operation throughout the entire Sahara, going from Niger through to Chad and Burkina Faso.”I guess by "al Qaeda on the run" President Obama means that they're running faster.
Hamaha said, however, that while he and Belmoktar have left the North African branch, they remain under the orders of al-Qaida central.: