The United States puts Moroccan Ali Maychou on a special list of terrorists

Moroccan national Omar Maychou. / Ph. DR
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The United States has put Morocco’s Ali Maychou on a special list of terrorists, the U.S. Department of States said in a statement released Tuesday. The Moroccan national is suspected of holding a leadership role in Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM).

The latter is a West-African terrorist group designated as both a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) in September 2018», the same communiqué revealed.

The Department of State reports that Maychou «has previously claimed responsibility for an attack on a military camp that housed Malian Armed Forces in Gao, Mali, that killed dozens; and has had a role in operational activities of JNIM».

«Today’s designation notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Maychou is a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. Terrorist designations expose and isolate entities and individuals, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system».

U.S. Department of State

For the record, JNIM was formed in March 2017 in Mali and was proclaimed to be al Qaeda’s official branch.

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