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Al-Mulathameen Brigade (Brigade of the Masked Ones)[1][2] was a terrorist militant organisation active in North and West Africa founded and led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar[3] who was previously a member of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. In 2013 Al-Mulathameen merged with Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa to form Al-Mourabitoun.[4][5] In 2017 Al-Mourabitoun merged with the Saharan branch of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Ansar Dine, and Macina Liberation Front to form Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin.[6][7]


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  5. ^ "Jihadists in Mali step up attacks, kill 7 soldiers". Long War Journal. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Al-Qaeda now has a united front in Africa's troubled Sahel region". 3 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Islamic extremist groups to merge in Mali, pledge allegiance to al-Quaida".