Militant Leadership Monitor – December 2014

The December 2014 issue of Militant Leadership Monitor begins with two brief sketch of Libyan militia commanders by Nicholas Heras. Omar al-Ansari commands the Tuareg Katiba 315 in southwestern Libya where he is at the nexus of a trans-Saharan illicit trade network while Salim Barrani Darbi has formed a coalition in eastern Libya. Next, Ari Weisfuse profiles a key smuggler for al-Qaeda and now the Khorasan group in Syria: Abd al-Rahman al-Juhni. This is followed with a look at Ustad Muhammad Achwan, the leader of Jemaah Ansharusy Syariah of Indonesia. Then, the Islamic State’s Austrian propagandist, Muhammad Mahmoud, is profiled by John C.K. Daly. Finally, Andrew McGregor covers Libya’s Grand Mufti Sadiq al-Ghariani and his efforts to maintain peace between the two main factions.