North Africa

Al-Qaeda appoints new North Africa chief after France kills leader

Abu Obaida Yusuf al-Annabi succeeds Abdelmakel Droukdel, a founder of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who was killed in June.

Al-Monitor Staff | Terrorism | Nov 23, 2020
al-monitor Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb announces its new leader Yazid Mubarak, aka Abu Ubaida Yusuf al-Annabi, after his predecessor Abu Musab al-Wadud was killed killed in June 2020 in northern Mali by French forces, in this screenshot taken the SITE jihadist monitoring group. Photo by SITE.

Egypt criticized for arrests of human rights advocates

The Trump administration, the Biden Campaign and the United Nations also expressed concern about the arrests.

Al-Monitor Staff | Human rights | Nov 20, 2020

Islamic State claims sabotage attack on Egypt’s gas pipeline to Israel

Egypt's military said it was a "limited explosion."

Al-Monitor Staff | Islamic State | Nov 19, 2020

Egypt's secret police arrest second prominent human rights activist this week

Karim Ennarah is the third member of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights to be detained this year.

Al-Monitor Staff | Human rights | Nov 19, 2020

Libyans agree on plan to hold elections in 18 months, UN says

Acting UN envoy Stephanie Williams called the agreement a "breakthrough."

Al-Monitor Staff | | Nov 12, 2020