Ben Laden of the Sahara: On the trail of the jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar
Original title: Le Ben Laden du sahara: Sur le traces du jihadiste Mokhtar Belmokhtar
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The author brings a considerable amount of information about the internal dynamics of these organizations, especially illuminating the current Malian situation. – Le Monde diplomatique
An exciting dive in the heart of the jihadist hydra. – Jeune Afrique
A long-term project full of information. – Association TAMOUDRE
A book to be devoured, with pages towards the end that provoke dizziness while forcing admiration. – Jacques Raillane, blog in LeMonde.fr
An extraordinary investigation into the most famous – but also the least well-known – jihadist leader in the world: Mokhtar Belmokhtar.
On December 24, 2007, four Frenchmen were assassinated near the town of Aleg, in southwestern Mauritania. This attack – the first time French people were attacked in the Sahel region – led to the cancellation of the 2008 “Paris-Dakar” race and to later editions being delocalized to South America. The mastermind behind that operation, presented as a “jihadist act,” was Mokhtar Belmokhtar.
Who is he? And how did this man, who started out years ago as just one anonymous Algerian Islamist fighter amongst many, become one of the most famous jihadist leaders in northern and western Africa? How did he manage to set up his base in the Sahara? And how did he pull off the most spectacular terrorist operations?
Using exceptional documents, like police reports, minutes from court hearings and previously unpublished accounts from people who have “spent time” with Mokhtar Belmokhtar, this is the first book to paint a portrait of the man whose dream is to become “the Sahara’s own Ben Laden”.