Libya

Infographic: ISIS fighters proliferate in North Africa, Al-Wasat (Libya), 27 November 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
The influence of ISIS is gradually expanding from its stronghold in the Syrian city of Raqqa to extremist groups which have taken North Africa as their headquarters. Red: Areas of ISIS influence (estimate) Egypt: Ansar Beit al-Maqdis – formed in 2011, it is made up of 2,000 fighters;…

‘Statement from Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia claiming responsibility for attack on Tunisian security forces,’ 19 July 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
The following is a statement released by jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST), in which they claim responsibility, through the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)-linked Uqba Bin Nafi Brigade, for the deaths of 14 Tunisian security forces in the Chaambi Mountains on 16 July 2014. Find…

‘This is Iran’s strategy to expand Shi’a influence to Morocco,’ Al-Hadate (Morocco), 18 May 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Moroccan daily newspaper Alittihad has reported that Iran is attempting to spread the influence of Shi’a Islam to North Africa, using Lebanese communities in Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon and Sierra Leone to financially support Shi’as in Maghreb states.– – – – هذه هي استراتيجية إيران في توسيع المد الشيعي…

‘Group which financed terrorist cell in Mount Chaambi and Salloum arrested,’ Agence Tunis Afrique Presse (Tunisia), 6 May 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Tunisian security forces have arrested a charged which funding and providing material support to a terrorist cell in the Kasserine Governorate of west-central Tunisia.– – – القبض علی مجموعة تقوم بتمويل الخلية الإرهابية بجبل الشعانبي والسلوم ٦ مايو ٢٠١٤ تمكنت الوحدات الأمنية بالقصرين، الاثنين، من القبض علی مجموعة…

‘Maghreb and European states exchange lists of Jihadists,’ Hespress (Morocco), 5 May 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Western European and North African countries have begun to regularly exchange intelligence related to “jihadist” fighters making their way to Syria.– – – دول مغاربية وأوربية تتبادل قوائم جهاديين ٥ مايو ٢٠١٤ تتبادل 11 دولة 4 منها في المغرب العربي، و7 في غرب أوروبا المعلومات بصفة دورية حول…

‘Al-Masry Al-Youm hosts Tunisian rapper “El Général,” one of the prisoners of Ben Ali’s regime,’ Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt), 21 January 2012

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
In an outdated article, Al-Masry Al-Youm sets the scene for Tunisian rapper El Général to visit Cairo for a screening of their new documentary film and a visit to Tahrir Square, one year after the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions – – المصري اليوم تستضيف «جنرال الراب» التونسي وأحد…

Libya

‘Libyan embassy in Tunis denies presence of al-Qaeda member on board crashed plane,’ al-Hayat (Saudi Arabia), 21 February 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
A Libyan military aircraft being used as a civilian and military ambulance crashed in eastern Tunisia this morning, killing 11 people on board. Following the crash, Tunisian media reported that an al-Qaeda operative was on board, but the Libyan ambassador in Tunis has denied these reports. – –…