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- Author: Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou
- Publication Date: 05-2011
- Content Type: Policy Brief
- Institution: The Geneva Centre for Security Policy
- Abstract: Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (“Tandhim Al Qaeda fi Bilad Al Maghrib Al Islami”, commonly referred to by its French acronym AQMI) is a reformed version of an Algerian terrorist group formed in September 1998, Al Jama'a Al Salafiya lil Da'wa wal Qital (Salafist Group for Predication and Combat, GSPC). Born in the context of the waning Algerian civil war that had raged in that country between 1992 and 1998, with an estimated 150,000 dead, the GSPC carried with it three consequential elements: the violent legacy of the civil war and its heavy toll on Algerian society; an entrenched radical Islamist identity prone to armed violence; and a design on the part of this group to not disarm and perpetuate its armed insurrection.
- Topic: Islam, Terrorism, Armed Struggle, Counterinsurgency
- Political Geography: Arabia, Algeria, North Africa