Earlier today, the U.S. Department of State designated Wanas al-Faqih (full name: Wanas Bin Hasin Bin Muhammad al-Faqih Husin), pictured above in the middle in the blue djellaba and white skull cap, as a terrorist for being “an AQIM associate who planned the March 18, 2015 Bardo Museum attack in Tunis, Tunisia that killed at least 20 people.” It should be noted that the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Bardo attack, though the Tunisian government in the aftermath of it pointed to AQIM’s Tunisian front group Katibat ‘Uqbah Bin Nafi (KUBN).
The timing of the designation is also interesting because al-Faqih is currently imprisoned in Tunisia. He was captured by Nigerien security forces in November 2016 and extradited from Niger to Tunisia in January 2017 on twenty-nine charges related to terrorism. Since then, there has not been news of him being released from prison.
Through my research on the history…
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