Abubakar Mainok: ISWAP’s Sahel-Based al-Furqan Representative

The majority of Islamic State in West Africa Province’s (ISWAP) top leaders have remained unknown since Abu Musab al-Barnawi—the son of the group’s founder, Muhammed Yusuf—was deposed in 2019 (, March 15, 2019). Even after this, however, al-Barnawi remained in a leadership position, eventually commanding... MORE

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Abdallah Ag Albakaye: JNIM’s Tuareg Emir in Mali’s Gao Region

Abdallah Ag Albakaye holds a prominent position within Mali-based Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) as its emir in Talataye. The village of Talataye is in Gao, but is strategically located between the Menaka and Kidal regions. Ag Albakaye originally belonged to the JNIM sub-group,... MORE