Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb
The Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb is a terrorist organization and part of Al-Qaeda. It has 300-400 members and is one of the best organisied terrorist groups in the world. The group was founded by Hassan Hattab, who was a member of the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria. Al-Qaida in the Maghreb received support from Barack Hussein Obama in the murder of Muammar al-Gaddafi during the Libyan War. AQMI was also responsible for the deaths of 37 hostages, including two Americans in Mali.
The Benghazi rebellion started as a series of protests in eastern Libya on February 16, 2011 after the fall of the secular regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. Ansar al-Shariah, an affiliate Al-Qaida in the Maghreb (AQIM) vowed to do everything in the uprising against Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi.
- Al Qaeda in N. Africa backs Libya uprising: SITE
- Libya uprising.
- Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links.
- Libyan, Once a Detainee, Is Now a U.S. Ally of Sorts.
- Anti-American Extremists Among Libyan Rebels U.S. Has Vowed To Protect, David Wood, Huffington Post, 3/19/11.