Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM) is a jihadi terrorist organization in the Maghreb and West Africa, formed by the merger of Ansar Dine, the Macina Liberation Front, Al-Mourabitoun, and the Saharan branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). It is the official branch of al-Qaeda in Mali, after its leaders swore allegiance to Ayman al-Zawahiri (AQ).

Recently, 10 U.N. peacekeepers from Chad were killed and 25 others injured in a brutal attack on a United Nations (U.N.) camp in northern Mali. The U.N. press wing at the time attributed the attack to JNIM, claiming it was in reaction to the tour of Chad by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Above: A suicide bomber involved in the attack