Drokal: The Commander of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
Countries of the Islamic Maghreb have had their fair share of the terrorist attacks of al-Qaeda since its founding.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
Algerian authorities try to arrest the mastermind of terrorist attacks in Algeria, an Algerian national who commands the al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb organization.
The man is called Abdel Malek Drokal. He is codenamed Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud.
Born in 1970, Drokal joined extremist groups in 1992 when he was a student at the University of Blida. After graduation, he joined militants hiding and operating in the mountains of Algeria.
Drokal was included in Algeria's terrorism list on August 27, 2007. He was accused of financing the operations of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. He was also accused of masterminding and carrying out the operations of the organization in different parts of Algeria.
In a statement that dates back to December 13, 2006, Drokal announces an alliance between the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, on one hand, and al-Qaeda, on the other. He also swears allegiance to the then-al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
On January 24, 2007, Drokal changed the name of the the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat into al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
In an interview with The New York Times in July 2008, Drokal said he played a role in the alliance of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat and al-Qaeda.
Under Drokal's command, the organization staged a series of terrorist attacks in different parts of Algeria.