#AceNewsReport – June.10: Abdelmalek Droukdel played a critical role in the global jihad. His mission extended beyond al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb; he was a highly influential leader in the global expansion of the Sharia: His mission was in line with that of the Islamic State, which is now a growing and powerful force in the Sahel region of Africa after being dismantled in the Middle East. It is also in line with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) goal for global conquest. The MB has been intimately tied to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State for some time:
This is an excerpt from the book, The Challenge of Modernizing Islam, in which I discussed Droukdel’s mindset and ambitions, and his value to the global jihad:
“The Associated Press discovered a document in Timbuktu in January 2013 that revealed al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s (AQIM) strategy in northern Mali. The document calls for a “gentler, kinder” al Qaeda. It was reportedly part of a confidential letter from the Amir of AQIM, Abdelmalek Droukdel, to his lieutenants in the Sahara and to Ansar Eddine’s leader, Iyad ag Ghaly: The letter revealed a deep strategic fracture between AQIM’s leadership and its lieutenants on the ground, as Droukdel saw a military intervention as inevitable. The letter demonstrated a formidable commitment and a worrisome plan for the future.
As part of his strategy, Droukdel states: “As for foreign policies, you must adopt mature and moderate rhetoric that reassures and calms. To do so, you must avoid any statements that are provocative to neighbouring countries and avoid repeated threats. Better for you to be silent and pretend to be a “domestic” movement that has its own causes and concerns. There is no call for you to show that we have an expansionary, Jihadi, Qaida or any other sort of project.”
Most critically, Droukdel makes reference to two specific levels of establishing Sharia: “The Azawad Islamic Project” and the “global Jihadi project.” His advice is to broaden consultations and collaboration as wide as possible, even making reference to the constitution of Azawad and goals to shift it to suit the AQIM project. Such strategy in the Islamic Meghreb demonstrates the level of sophistication that Al Qaeda is engaging in territorially and even globally.
Droukdel talks about planting seeds that will grow in the future, and counsels patience in waiting for the tree to grow, while he rebukes “extreme speed” and hastiness to establish Sharia: “ And if we can achieve this positive thing in even a limited amount, then even if the project fails later, it will be just enough that we will have planted the first, good seed in this fertile soil and put pesticides and fertilizer on it, so that the tree will grow more quickly. We look forward to seeing this tree as it will be: stable and magnificent.”
His instructions on how to spread the seeds of Sharia “in a wise way” are devious and stealthy, to ensure that the circumstances are right and ripe.”
Droukdel’s death has “struck a blow to the organization.” It “also comes at a time of increasing jihadist infighting, between al-Qaeda affiliates and Islamic-State-aligned militants.”
“French Forces Kill Leader of Al-Qaeda in North Africa,” AFP, June 6, 2020:
(AFP) — France said its forces have killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, in a blow to the group behind a string of deadly attacks across the troubled Sahel region.
Abdelmalek Droukdel was killed on Thursday in northern Mali near the Algerian border, where the group has bases from which it has carried out attacks and abductions of Westerners in the sub-Saharan Sahel zone, Defence Minister Florence Parly said Friday.
“Many close associates” of the Algerian — who commanded several affiliate jihadist groups across the lawless region — were also “neutralised”, she added.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) emerged from a group started in the late 1990s by radical Algerian Islamists, who in 2007 pledged allegiance to Osama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network.
The group has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks on troops and civilians across the Sahel, including a 2016 attack on an upmarket hotel and restaurant in Burkina Faso, which killed 30 people, mainly Westerners.
The death of Droukdel — once regarded as Algeria’s enemy number one — could leave AQIM in disarray, French military sources suggested.
Haven for jihadists …
France has deployed more than 5,000 troops to combat jihadist groups in the region — a largely lawless expanse stretching over Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, where drugs and arms flow through porous borders.
Northern Mali is the site of frequent clashes between rival armed groups, as well as a haven for jihadist activity.
In 2012, key cities fell under the control of jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda, who exploited an ethnic Tuareg-led rebel uprising, leading to a French-led military intervention.
According to the UN, Droukdel was an explosives expert and manufactured devices that killed hundreds of civilians in attacks on public places.
He was sentenced to death in Algeria in 2013 for his involvement in the bombings of a government building and offices of the UN’s refugee committee in Algiers that killed 26 people and wounded 177.
The U.S. said it had provided intelligence to help track down Droukdel, #
#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: June.10: 2020: