European official: Al Qaeda threat in northern Africa 'spreading'

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    Al Qaeda is determined to make the fragile African nation of Mali a safe haven, and the terrorist threat from the network's affiliate in that country, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, "is spreading while we speak," a senior European official said Wednesday.

    The official's concerns echoed worries of American national security officials. The al Qaeda affiliate has gotten increased scrutiny after the recent deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. U.S. officials have said there are signs extremists responsible for the attack were affiliated with or inspired by AQIM.

    The official, who spoke to reporters in Washington, compared Mali to Afghanistan under the Taliban, describing Mali as a "failed state." The official spoke on background because of the diplomatic sensitivity of the issue.

    The country is being referred to as "Sahelistan," a reference to the Arabic word used to refer to the broad swathe of land in the north of African stretching between the Atlanta Ocean and the Red Sea.

    AQIM, officials say, is heavily armed thanks to drug and arms smuggling, as well as kidnappings of foreigners. Six French nationals, for example, have been kidnapped in the region.

    In an interview with the Voice of America, Carson said many of AQIM's senior leadership and members are non-Malians, "people who have come in from the region, who have come in from Algeria, who have come in from Mauritania, who have come in from Libya and other places. This is a terrorist group and the response to that must be a security, military response."

    The United States wants Mali to accept an intervention force from the Economic Community of West African States because the country is incapable of adequately countering AQIM fighters.

    "The Malian military has been broken," Carson told VOA. "It is now in need of restructuring and repair and rehabilitation. It should accept the support, the camaraderie, the mentoring and the friendship of other ECOWAS states as it attempts to get itself together so that it can help address the issues of terrorism in the northern part of the country, as well as humanitarian support."

    Mali has asked the U.N. Security Council for a resolution that would authorize an ECOWAS-led military force to fight rebels in the northern part of the country.

    Asked whether the United States might launch unilateral military strikes against AQIM in Mali, the European official said, "There is such close coordination on Mali and the Sahel that I doubt there will be unilateral U.S. action."

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    Good thing the US has AFRICOM already set up there to battle the deadly Al Qaida that the US set up there.

    See how the Military Industrial Complex works?
     
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    Good thing Obama's "I keeled bin Laden" movie is coming out soon
     
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    Pentagon Lawyer: US Near al-Qaeda 'Tipping Point'...
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    US heading for point when 'military pursuit of al-Qaida should end'
    Friday 30 November 2012 - Fight against terrorist group on course for Obama to stop using legal authority given by Congress to wage war, says lawyer; Group someday won't be considered military adversary under law
     
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    GM is still alive, amiright?
     
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    North Africa is new test for U.S. on terrorist front...
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    North Africa Is a New Test
    January 20, 2013 WASHINGTON — The bloody resolution of the hostage crisis in Algeria has brought into focus the broader challenges the United States and its allies face in confronting terrorist cells that have taken up sanctuary across northern Africa.
     
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    The map of terrorist violence shows it spreading from one nation's border to the next, starting with Libya, which is just what obama wanted in the first place. Libya, Egypt, Algeria, Mali, in a line.

    Leon Panetta knows that America cannot stand back and permit this to happen. That's why he will be replaced by someone who WILL.
     
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    Obama is not responsible for the spread of active Islam throughout N. Africa.

    The people of these countries want self determination and to choose their own destiny for their nation.

    These nationalistic movements would still happen regardless of which political party was in control of the White House. :cool:
     
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    obama isn't responsible for the existence of terrorism. He's responsible for its spread. He's responsible for its expansion. We really don't know if the people of these countries want fundamental islam as their self-determination because the islamists start killing everyone who doesn't see it their way.

    What's needed is a new crusade. Periodically islam has to be pushed back into its caves. It's been that way for 2,000 plus years. This time, though, with the proper application of understanding and sympathy, islam might well be able to slaughter its way up the food chain.
     

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