Qatar-based Algerian exile’s death shows common perceptions between Qatar and Al-Qaeda

Qatari support for extremists linked to terror organisations has resurfaced following the death of Abbassi Madani, the founder of Algeria’s Islamic Salvation Front (ISF) who has been praised by terror groups as an inspirational figure.

The north Africa branch of Al Qaeda issued a mourning statement for the 88-year old who was buried in an Algiers cemetery having died at his residence in Doha on April 24.

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim had personally attended the Madani death prayer in the Qatari capital, where sources said the Islamist had been based for more that 15 years and had been paid $15,000 per month by the state. The body was then repatriated to his homeland where the burial took place.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is an off-shoot of the country’s decade long civil war that pitched Islamist forces against the country’s army. It is blamed by many Algerians for serial atrocities during the conflict as well as a continuing terror presence across the Sahara, including the 2012 uprising in Mali that forced the intervention of 5,000 French troops. The G5 coalition of forces in the African region continues to operate against AQIM to this day.

Most recently the Tunisian affiliate of AQIM was implicated in an attack on a border patrol in which six soldiers were killed in a