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Author Venter, Al J., author

Title Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb : shadow of terror over the Sahel, from 2007 / Al J. Venter ; photographs by Yann Peducasse
Published Barnsley, South Yorkshire : Pen & Sword Military, an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 2018


Description 1 online resource (128 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series History of terror
Contents Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; List of Maps; Introduction; 1. The War in West Africa; 2. Overview of a Desert Campaign; 3. France's Fifty-Year Conquest of the Sahel; 4. The French Foreign Legion; 5. The Tuaregs and AQIM; 6. Why did France Intervene Militarily?; 7. Operations Serval and Barkhane; 8. Third World Chariot: The Toyota Pickup; 9. Understanding AQIM's Religious Credo; 10. Drones, Reaction and Retaliation; Notes
Summary Insurgencies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere the majority linked to al Qaeda are in the news on an almost daily basis. But very little surfaces about a festering insurgency that has been on the go for six years in West Africa under the acronym of AQIM, or al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. This low-level series of guerrilla conflicts is widespread and sporadic, covering an area as vast as Europe. Nigeria has been drawn into the equation because its Boko Haram insurgent faction maintains close ties with AQIM and Islamic State. For now though, the focus is on Mali where several jihadist groups despite formal peace agreements remain active. Involved is the French army and air force as well as the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM) as well as the European Union Capacity Building Mission (EUCAP). The insurrection that fostered all this broke out early 2012 when President Franois Hollande announced the beginning of Operation Serval. Five hours later the first squadrons of French Gazelle helicopter gunships began attacking Islamist columns. A day later French fighter jets based in Chad, almost 2,000 kilometers away, were making sorties against rebel ground targets in northern Mali
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
SUBJECT Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fast
Subject Insurgency -- Mali -- History -- 21st century
Terrorism -- Mali -- Prevention -- International cooperation
HISTORY -- Africa -- West.
Diplomatic relations
Politics and government
Terrorism -- Prevention -- International cooperation
SUBJECT Mali -- Politics and government -- 1991-
Mali -- History, Military -- 21st century
Mali -- Foreign relations -- France
France -- Foreign relations -- Mali
Africa, French-speaking West -- Foreign relations -- France
France -- Foreign relations -- Africa, French-speaking West
France -- History, Military -- 21st century
Subject French-speaking Western Africa
Genre/Form History
Military history
Form Electronic book
Author Peducasse, Yann, photographer
ISBN 9781526728746