Conditions in the Sahel Benefit Al Qaeda

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The Cipher Brief sat down with Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck, non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, to discuss the growing threat of al Qaeda and other jihadist groups in northwest Africa (Sahel region). According to Ghanem-Yazbeck, as evidenced by a spate of recent attacks, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) remains a “regional threat” and will continue to do so as long as “the conditions that make the Sahel a fertile ground for Islamist militancy and jihadist activity persist.”

The Cipher Brief: Where does al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb maintain its primary base in northwestern Africa (Sahel region)?

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