That guy who’s supposed to be dead 3 times over says his jihadist group has joined Al Qaeda

Belmokhtar’s jihadist group Al-Murabitoun in North Africa says it’s Al Qaeda branch

The militant group Al-Murabitoun,which has claimed a string of deadly attacks in North Africa,has declared itself a branch of Al-Qaeda in a statement posted on jihadist websites.

Al-Murabitoun said that the notorious Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar remained its leader, despite reports that he was killed in a US air strike in Libya in June.

The statement dated July 17 says that Al-Murabitoun is “Qaeda al-Jihad in West Africa” and committed to “directives” by network founder Osama bin Laden to attack the enemy “France and its allies”.