Interesting Article: " AQIM names new field leader " by Jemal Oumar / Nouakchott published March 25th, 2013 An interesting article mentioned that Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) named a 34-year-old Algerian to replace slain commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid. Yahia Abou El Hammam (real name Djamel Okacha) is a close associate of AQIM leader Abdelmalek Droukdel. Abou Zeid was considered a prominent element of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) that emanated from the Armed Islamic Group in Algeria (GIA). The group waged a fierce war against the Algerian regime in what was known as the bloody decade. He later found his way to the desert and established the Tariq ibn Ziyad battalion, known as the bloodiest in the history of al-Qaeda. Slain commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid was known for his cruelty, bloodthirstiness and brutality. Would you like to know more?