On September 18, ISIS’ news agency, Amaq, shared footage of a recent attack by the group on al-Qaeda members in Mali.
The attack, which took place on August 2, targeted several hideouts of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in the area of Tlatayt to the west of the town of Ménaka in the southeastern part of Mali.
The new footage revealed that ISIS attack took al-Qaeda members by surprise. Dozens of terrorists were killed or injured in the battle.
Photos shared by Amaq show the dead bodies of eight AQIM terrorists, who were killed in the battle. Many of them were shot in the back.
The conflict between ISIS and AQIM in West Africa heated up in the last few months. In a recent audio message, ISIS spokesman Abu Hamza Al-Qurashi said that al-Qaeda in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Algeria had shown “desire” to negotiate with governments in the region.
The ongoing war between Jihadists in Mali, which will not likely end soon, is playing in favor of government forces and the French military, that intervened in the country in 2013.
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