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l Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

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Leadership
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GSPC Founder Hassan Hattab Killed or Forced Out
2001 - 2003
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GSPC Ambushes Algerian Soldiers
9 Killed, 12 Wounded
November 23, 2002
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GSPC Kidnaps 32 European Tourists
1 Killed
February 2003
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17 European Tourists Rescued by Algerian Forces
1 Killed
May 13,  2003

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14 European Tourists Released by GSPC
August  2003

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GSPC Leader Nabil Sahraoui Pledges Loyalty to Al Qaeda
2003
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Police Patrol Ambushed
7 Killed, 3 Wounded
February 12, 2004
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GSPC Leader Nabil Sahraoui Dies
June 20, 2004
  • He was killed in a shootout with the Algerian army on June 20, 2004.
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Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud Takes Control of GSPC After Death of Nabil Sahraoui
2004
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GSPC Sets Up Road Block, Shoots Civilians
13 Killed, 1 Wounded
April 7, 2005
  • On 7 April 2005, in Tablat, Blida Province, Algeria, armed assailants fired on five vehicles at a fake road block, killing 13 civilians, wounding one other and burning five vehicles.
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GSPC praised Zarqawi in September 2005

GSPC's Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud Praised Zarqawi
September 2005
  • Similar claims of links between the GSPC and Abu Musab Al Zarqawi in Iraq are based on purported letters to Zarqawi by GSPC leader Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud.
  • In a September 2005 interview, Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud hailed Zarqawi's actions in Iraq.
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GSPC Announces Official Joining of Al Qaeda
September 2006
  • In September 2006 it was announced that the GSPC had joined forces with al-Qaeda...
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GSPC Attacks Group of Security Guards
8 Killed
October 15, 2006
  • On 15 October 2006, in Sidi Medjahed, Ain Defla, Algeria, assailants attacked and killed eight private security guards by unknown means.
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GSPC Training Camp

 

GSPC Changes Name to Al Qaeda in the Maghreb
January 2007
  • ...and in January 2007 the group officially changed its name to the "Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb."
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Five Cell Members Arrested in Nigeria, Carrying Dynamite
November 2007
  • In November 2007 Nigerian authorities arrested five men who according to them had seven sticks of dynamite and other explosives on them at the time of arrest. Nigerian prosecutors say that three of the accused had trained for two years with the then Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat in Algeria.
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Treasury Department Freezes Assets of AQIM Leader Abdel Wadoud
December 2007

  • In December 2007 the United States Department of the Treasury imposed financial sanctions and froze Abdel Wadoud's assets under Executive Order 13224.
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AQIM Issues Statement in Support of Uyghur Muslims in China
July 2009

  • At least 11 Algerian soldiers were killed in an ambush by Islamic extremists while they escorted a military convoy outside the coastal town of Damous, near Tipaza.
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Group of Soldiers Killed
11 Killed
July 30, 2009
  • At least 11 Algerian soldiers were killed in an ambush by Islamic extremists while they escorted a military convoy outside the coastal town of Damous, near Tipaza.
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