ALI MAYCHOU

QDi.423
ALI MAYCHOU
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee's website: 
14 August 2019
Reason for listing: 

Ali Maychou was listed on 14 August 2019 pursuant to paragraphs 2 and 4 of resolution 2368 (2017) as being associated with ISIL or Al-Qaida for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of”, “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related material to”, “recruiting for” and “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” Al-Qaida (QDe.004).

Additional information: 

Ali Maychou, a former radical imam, and his brother Youssef Maychou (not listed), led a network that recruited and sent Moroccan fighters to northern Mali via Libya. In May 2012, Ali Maychou joined the ranks of katiba Al Moulathamoun (QDe.140), headed by Mokhtar Belmokhtar (QDi.136), and became a member of its religious police. In October 2012, he went to Timbuktu, at the time under the control of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) (QDe.014) and Ansar Eddine (QDe.135). He provided theological training to around 60 fighters, who were placed under the orders of Djamel Akkacha (a.k.a. Yahia Abou el Hammam ) (QDi.313). After Operation Serval, Ali Maychou took refuge in Ajdabiya, where he worked to establish contacts between AQIM and Libyan radical groups. Today, Ali Maychou is the main media personality of AQIM in the Sahel. He made multiple statements, published by Al-Andalus, the media agency of AQIM. On 20 January 2017, Ali Maychou claimed, in an audio message, responsibility for the attack perpetrated on 18 January 2017 inside the camp of the MOC (Mécanisme Opérationnel de Coordination) in Gao. The camp hosts elements of the Malian Armed Forces and members of the Platform and Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) who are to take part in mixed patrols, as envisaged by the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali.