Al-Qaeda Scolded Terrorist Over ... Expense Reports

Moktar Belmoktar dinged for skipping meetings, too
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2013 8:43 AM CDT
Al-Qaeda Scolded Terrorist Over ... Expense Reports
Terrorist leader Moktar Belmoktar.   (AP Photo/SITE Intel Group, File)

It seems workplace politics are unavoidable at any big organization—even al-Qaeda. The AP got its hands on a letter sent to former employee Moktar Belmoktar, which ripped into him by way of a list of 30 bullet-pointed offenses. Amongst them: not filling out expense reports, skipping meetings, not extorting enough money in a 2008 kidnapping, gossiping in online jihadist forums, and failing to pull off a single "spectacular operation," despite significant financial resources. There is an amazing Dilbert comic in here somewhere.

"Why do the successive emirs of the region only have difficulties with you? You in particular every time?" wrote the leaders of al-Qaeda's North African branch in the 10-page letter, discovered by the AP in a building in Mali. But Belmoktar may have had the last word: He quit al-Qaeda, formed his own group, and carried out the attack on a gas plant in Algeria earlier this year which killed 101 people. Last week, he claimed responsibility for dual attacks on a French-run uranium mine and military camp in Niger—a daring operation, the AP notes wryly, that was described by newspaper Le Monde as "spectacular." Click to read the full article. (Read more Mokhtar Belmokhtar stories.)

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