A Senior Unit Commander
Mokhtar Belmokhtar has been reported killed many times. He has been removed from the Rewards for Justice program indicating he may be dead. He is blind on one eye. He is also known as Abu Khaled, The One-Eyed, The Uncatchable, and Mr. Marlboro. He is the leader and the founder of a unit called the Signed-in-Blood Battalion. It is also called the Khaled Abu al-Abbas Brigade. Under his command, the group conducted a deadly attack in January 2013 on a gas facility in In-Amenas, Algeria. At least 37 hostages were killed in the four-day siege of the complex. His group also claims responsibility for a attacking a Radisson hotel in Mali that killed at least 20 in November 2015. Formerly, he was a senior commander in the terrorist group al-Qaida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and he conducted numerous kidnapping operations against Westerners, acquired weapons for use in terrorist attacks, and was involved in various negotiations for hostages taken by AQIM. He is a former Algerian soldier. He was trained in camps in Afghanistan. His birthday is June 1st. He was born in 1972. He is from Algeria.