Notorious terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar, alias Laaouar, intends to unify fighters returning from the Syria front and use them to strike the Maghreb, retired Tunisian Brigadier General Mokhtar Ben Nasr recently revealed.

“Since declaring his allegiance to al-Qaeda, Mokhtar Belmokhtar has stayed in Libya where he has been recruiting Syria returnees,” Ben Nasr told Algeria’s Echourouk daily on June 27th.

“He is trying to impose his influence on other jihadist groups in the Arab Maghreb after Tunisia’s Abou Iyadh disappeared from the scene because he was banned from making media statements by a Libyan militia,” the Tunisian officer said. […]