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US Adds Mali Jihadist To Global Terrorist List

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Voice Of America

US Adds Mali Jihadist To Global Terrorist List

By Rikar Hussein

The United States imposed sanctions Thursday on a senior jihadist leader and preacher from Mali for his membership in Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), an al-Qaida affiliate active in the Sahel region of Africa.
 
Amadou Kouffa led Mali's Macina Liberation Front militant group before announcing its merger with JNIM and three other Islamist groups in March 2017. The U.S. State Department designated JNIM as a terrorist organization in September 2018.
 
Since its formation, JNIM has targeted Malian and French troops, as well as U.N. peacekeepers. The group has been blamed for the deaths of more than 500 civilians and the kidnapping of dozens of others in attacks in the Sahel region, including the June 2017 attack at a resort frequented by Westerners outside Bamako, Mali, and the March 2018 attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
 
"Earlier this year, Kouffa led an attack against the Malian army in which more than 20 soldiers were killed," the State Department said in a statement.

Read more: https://www.voanews.com/extremism-watch/us-adds-mali-jihadist-global-terrorist-list