al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is an Islamist militant organization which aims to overthrow the Algerian government and institute an Islamic state. To that end, it is currently engaged in an anti-government campaign.
The group has declared its intention to attack European (including Spanish and French) and American targets. The group has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United Nations, Australia, Canada, Russia, the UAE and the United States.
Membership is mostly drawn from the Algerian and local Saharan communities (such as the Tuaregs and Berabiche tribal clans of Mali), as well as Moroccans from city suburbs of the North African country. The outfit has also been suspected of having links with the Horn of Africa-based militant group Al-Shabaab.
AQIM has focused on kidnap for ransom as a means of raising funds and is estimated to have raised more than $50 million in the last decade.