Mokhtar Belmokhtar

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Libya: US Strike Killed 'Uncatchable' Militant Leader

Mokhtar Belmokhtar masterminded gas plant attack

(Newser) - The militant leader nicknamed "Uncatchable" by the French military wasn't unkillable when US jets carried out an airstrike in eastern Libya early Sunday, according to Libya's official government. Libyan authorities say Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the alleged mastermind of a 2013 attack on an Algerian gas plant that killed... More »

Al-Qaeda Scolded Terrorist Over ... Expense Reports

Moktar Belmoktar dinged for skipping meetings, too

(Newser) - It seems workplace politics are unavoidable at any big organization—even al-Qaeda. The AP got its hands on a letter sent to former employee Moktar Belmoktar, which ripped into him by way of a list of 30 bullet-pointed offenses. Amongst them: not filling out expense reports, skipping meetings, not extorting... More »

Chad: We Killed Terrorist Who Led Gas Plant Attack

But France says it can't confirm the slaying of Moktar Belmoktar

(Newser) - The head of Chad's military has announced on state television that Chadian troops deployed in northern Mali killed Moktar Belmoktar , the international terrorist responsible for the attack on a natural gas plant in Algeria that resulted in the death of dozens of foreigners. The French military, which is leading... More »

US Might Expand 'Kill List' Into North Africa

Officials debate adding Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar

(Newser) - Amid the debate about whether US drone strikes go too far, the Wall Street Journal reports that US officials are considering a "significant" expansion of the nation's targeted-killing program into northwest Africa. Specifically, the powers-that-be are debating whether to add Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar to the Pentagon's... More »

North Africa Militants Eye New Western Targets: Report

New concerns about al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

(Newser) - Washington is growing increasingly concerned about groups like al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, once considered less of a threat than other branches. Following the attack on an Algerian gas plant that killed dozens, north African militant groups are on the hunt for new Western targets, US officials tell the Washington ... More »

Algeria Raid Kills 37 Hostages

Islamist attackers came from many countries, authorities say, including 2 Canadians

(Newser) - The hostages weren't the only Westerners involved in the Sahara gas plant crisis, according to Algerian authorities. Security sources say two Canadian Islamists were among the attackers found dead after the crisis came to a bloody end, Reuters reports. Authorities say the militants, who claimed the attack on behalf... More »

5 Arrested in Algeria Crisis; Death Toll at 81

Mali-based terrorist takes responsibility for attack

(Newser) - Officials in Algeria have arrested five suspects in the Algerian gas-plant hostage crisis that left at least 81 people dead, report the BBC and AP . All five are members of an Islamist group, according to a private TV channel, and Algerian officials say each hailed from one of six different... More »

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