The Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA) and its two leaders were added to the U.S. Specially Designated Global Terrorist list, blocking their financial assets from U.S. markets and warning U.S. citizens against engaging in any transactions with the group.
“MUJWA has been behind violent terrorist attacks and kidnappings in the region, including the October 2012 suicide attack on a police base in Tamanrasset, Algeria, which wounded 23 people; and a June 2012 attack in Ouargla, Algeria, which killed on and injured three,” the State Department said. “MUJWA was also responsible for the April 2012 kidnapping of seven Algerian diplomats in Gao, Mali.”
“Khairy has been involved in MUJWA’s kidnapping for ransom operations, personally claiming the group’s April 2012 abduction of Algerian diplomats, and has appeared in MUJWA videos to make threats against those who oppose the organization,” the State Department said.
Tilemsi is MUJWA’s military head and “directly participated in the groups 2011 kidnapping of three aid workers in Algeria,” the State Department said. He also was affiliated with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
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Guy Taylor rejoined The Washington Times in 2011 as the State Department correspondent.
As a freelance journalist, Taylor’s work was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Fund For Investigative Journalism, and his stories appeared in a variety publications, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to Salon, Reason, Prospect Magazine of London, the Daily Star of Beirut, the ...
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