Al-Qaeda’s Maghreb branch has revealed its weakness with new leadership

Annabi’s ascent

Born in the eastern Algerian city of Annaba in 1969, Annabi, 50, became a militant at the start of the civil war in 1992 after finishing his degree in economics at around the same time as Droudkel.

Competition between militant groups

According to Hannah Armstrong, a senior consulting analyst with Crisis Group, the militant insurgency of northern Mali and French intervention has transformed militant activity in the region since 2013.

Algeria weighs in

On a state level, AQIM’s greatest threat may be the country it singled out as its primary enemy. As the organisation continued to expand its operations elsewhere in the Sahel, it has been struggling in Algeria since 2010.



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Yasmina Allouche

Yasmina Allouche

Researcher/Journalist specialising in North Africa | Focus on Algeria |