November 28, 2012

Getting to know al-Qaeda: Part III – AQIM

al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb or AQIM for short is one of the newer strains of al-Qaeda operating out of Northern Africa. Up until recent years, this organization was very regional and had no real aspirations of leaving its general area of operations. But with recent attacks against Western targets; this organization is beginning to be taken much more seriously than ever before.

First of all, “Islamic Maghreb” refers to Northwestern Africa. Which includes the following nations: Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Mauritania, and the Western Sahara region. AQIM itself is based out of Mali, a nation in which sees a hefty presence of U.S. special operations and intelligence agency personnel.

Part III of this series was originally supposed to be written many weeks ago but with the recent attack on the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi I decided to put it off as I was curious to see what our intelligence agencies would have to say about what part AQIM played in the attack, particularly the introduction of new faces. Officially, the attack was the work of Ansar al-Sharia, a militant organization out of Libya. But many sources including General Ham, the previous head of U.S. AFRICOM, himself stated that he believed AQIM had a major presence in planning as well as participating in the Consulate attack.

I’ve added below the faces of the top AQIM leadership I came across in my research. There are many more who have managed to keep their faces out of the spotlight as opposed to some of the other AQ branches.

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  • JHR

    @ArcticWarrior I need a 24 hours to digest this.   Hmmmmm. Agreed. And, Arturo was a  hit. Used the Federales for that one as well as CIA. SWonder how many payrolls these guys are on.   Fun Fact: since the horse farm was shut down in U.S., now quickly the interests go elsewhere. Oregon has the most amount of FBI most wanted (top 10) in the U.S. BTW...are any of the boyz in Pelican Bay?

  • ArcticWarrior

    @JHR  From Barbie...but we all ready knew this....   "First I would like to express that I was not eligible for the witness protection program. Likewise, I categorically deny the accusations and declarations that are related by the apprehending elements regarding my detention, and the the truth of the matter is as follows: My detention was the result of a political persecution on the part of C. Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, who set up a harassment against my person for the reason that the undersigned [La Barbie] refused to be a part of the agreement that Mr. Calderon Hinojosa desired to have with all the organized crime groups for which he personally held numerous meetings in order to have talks with organized crime. Subsequently, different meetings were carried out through General Mario Arturo Chaparro who met under the orders of the President and Juan Camilo Mouriño, with two of the bosses from La Familia Michoacana. Subsequently, the general had an interview in Matamoros with Heriberto Lazcano and Arturo Beltran Leyva, "El Barbas", and also with "El Chapo" Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. -Continues on page two- Calderon wanted the meeting with all the cartels: The Zetas, the Gulf Cartel, with me, the Juarez Cartel, with Vicente, Mayo and Chapo. A situation for which there was no answer on my part and I did not want to have connections with anyone form the criminal organizations [and] a quick persecution began against my person, to the degree of having my various homes searched without a legal warrant for it and during which they stole money, jewelry, cars and other belongings from me. Genero Garcia Luna, head of the federal SSP, who from at least 2002, first in the AFI and then in the PFP, it was evident that he had received money from me, from drug trafficking and organized crime, the same that a select group made up of Armando Espinosa de Benito who was working with the DEA and passing me information, Luis Cardenas Palomino, Edgar Eusebio Millan Gomez, Fransisco Javier Garza Palacios (Colombian Federal Police), Igor Labastida Calderon, Facundo Rosas Rosas, Ramon Eduardo Pequeno Garcia, and Gerado Garay Cadena who also formed a group that took money from organized crime and from me. Among others, they were charged with "stopping me in some operation" when in reality they had orders to kill me, so much so that at the moment of my arrest, which came out in the mass media, when they found me alone at home. They said that on that day there were no gunshots reported but the truth is that there was. A federal cop who was the same that brought me to this place and who actually found me, urged me to run so that he could shoot me and that he could say that he repelled an attack an had killed me as they did with ARON ARTURO GINES BECERRIL who they killed in the vicinity of the Perisur Mall, and who had most of his bullet wounds in the back on the same day of my arrest. Everything was covered up by the Federal Police. It is worth making mention that despite the background of Genero Garcia Luna, which are found in many criminal proceedings of which the American government already has knowledge, that even formed part of the themes touched upon in the Merida Initiative, and to which I already had access in the most recent testimony of the collaborating witness, "Mateo" (Sergio Villarreal); the President Felipe Calderon argues against the charges against [Genero Garcia Luna]. It is worth noting that the Federal Police, no matter how many detentions they  cconduct, they never seize anything, everything gets lost -e.g. money, jewelry,  vehicles, drugs.- yet it should also be mentioned that the Mexican  military and the Navy Secretariat are the most  honest, because when they detain  someone, they turn them over to the corresponding authorities with whatever evidence they  had at the time of their detention." I might have done that which has been done, but they, the public servants that I have mentioned are also a part of the criminal structure of this country." Signed,   EDGAR VALDEZ VILLARREAL     Hmmmm Luna was also in charge when the "Contractors" were hit back at the end of the summer....

  • JHR

    @Surf375  @ArcticWarrior  @MEL10 Sucks seeing my poor spelling on these posts! Half the time, I have little to no light and am jamming....I do apologize:-)

  • JHR

    @ArcticWarrior  AW, I can catch up reading in a few days. Thnx for Blackie and Elk info. I surveyed aerials of my location before going in and it showed grasslands. The site is overgrown with foliage and mammals have come down lower off the mountain. I got stuck for one night, took your advice on all accounts and now understand the behavior of 2 or more hunting together. Am being vigilant. No cell towers for 50 miles, no F&G either. I am trying not to alert the nice logging neighbors over the hill as they are awaiting for their boyz to come home for feliz navidad. I have backup 3 miles down now and 14.86 miles can be wheels up in under 4 minutes. Thanx.

  • usapatriotonthemove

    Wasn't sure where to post this but thought it might be of interest?    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/12/201212214201962755.html