US announces bounty on Al Qaeda chief in North Africa
Abu Ubaydah Yusef Al Anabi became the leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb last year
The US on Wednesday placed a bounty of up to $7 million on the leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the organisation’s North Africa branch.
Mr Al Anabi, an Algerian citizen, previously led Aqim's media and propaganda operations but became the leader of the group last year after French troops killed his predecessor, Abdelmalek Droukdel, in Mali.
The US imposed sanctions on Mr Al Anabi in 2015, as did the UN in 2016.
While most of the group’s fighters are engaged in ground combat in Mali, he and many of the organisation’s leaders are thought to be based in Algeria.
Washington first designated Aqim's predecessor organisation, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, a terrorist entity in 2001.
The group rebranded and pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda’s global network in 2006.
Updated: June 3, 2021 02:26 PM