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Al-Qaida Carves Out Own Country in Mali
« on: December 31, 2012, 05:40:10 PM »
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2012/12/31/al-qaida-carves-out-own-country-in-mali.html?comp=7000023317843&rank=9

MOPTI, Mali -- Deep inside caves, in remote desert bases, in the escarpments and cliff faces of northern Mali, Islamic fighters are burrowing into the earth, erecting a formidable set of defenses to protect what has essentially become al-Qaida's new country.
They have used the bulldozers, earth movers and Caterpillar machines left behind by fleeing construction crews to dig what residents and local officials describe as an elaborate network of tunnels, trenches, shafts and ramparts. In just one case, inside a cave large enough to drive trucks into, they have stored up to 100 drums of gasoline, guaranteeing their fuel supply in the face of a foreign intervention, according to experts.

Northern Mali is now the biggest territory held by al-Qaida and its allies. And as the world hesitates, delaying a military intervention, the extremists who seized control of the area earlier this year are preparing for a war they boast will be worse than the decade-old struggle in Afghanistan.

"Al-Qaida never owned Afghanistan," said former United Nations diplomat Robert Fowler, a Canadian kidnapped and held for 130 days by al-Qaida's local chapter, whose fighters now control the main cities in the north. "They do own northern Mali."

Al-Qaida's affiliate in Africa has been a shadowy presence for years in the forests and deserts of Mali, a country hobbled by poverty and a relentless cycle of hunger. In recent months, the terror syndicate and its allies have taken advantage of political instability within the country to push out of their hiding place and into the towns, taking over an enormous territory which they are using to stock arms, train forces and prepare for global jihad.

The catalyst for the Islamic fighters was a military coup nine months ago that transformed Mali from a once-stable nation to the failed state it is today. On March 21, disgruntled soldiers invaded the presidential palace. The fall of the nation's democratically elected government at the hands of junior officers destroyed the military's command-and-control structure, creating the vacuum which allowed a mix of rebel groups to move in.

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I wonder when the lies will stop and truth begin, even as grim as the truth may be. And then I remember that for 70 years, the reign of terror in Russia called itself "the people's government." We have so far to fall, yet we are falling fast and Hell yawns to receive us.

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Re: Al-Qaida Carves Out Own Country in Mali
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2013, 11:37:15 AM »
Undated approximate areas of control in Mali:


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Re: Al-Qaida Carves Out Own Country in Mali
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2013, 11:48:55 AM »
Because I had to look it up:

 The Sahel is defined by its climate, on the margin between the high rainfall areas of the west African coast - southern Nigeria, for example - and the arid zone of the Sahara

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Re: Al-Qaida Carves Out Own Country in Mali
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2013, 01:53:50 PM »
and Obama wanted us to believe they were kaput.

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Re: Al-Qaida Carves Out Own Country in Mali
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2013, 02:04:25 PM »
and Obama wanted us to believe they were kaput.

Note he has sent troops to CAR--interesting location, south of Al Qaeda main operations.

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Re: Al-Qaida Carves Out Own Country in Mali
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2013, 10:19:45 PM »
I wonder when the lies will stop and truth begin, even as grim as the truth may be. And then I remember that for 70 years, the reign of terror in Russia called itself "the people's government." We have so far to fall, yet we are falling fast and Hell yawns to receive us.

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Re: Al-Qaida Carves Out Own Country in Mali
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2013, 10:27:02 PM »
I find it sad that Africa is so screwed up.. gorgeous country with untold riches... still in the dark ages otherwise.

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Re: Al-Qaida Carves Out Own Country in Mali
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2013, 12:32:34 PM »
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.

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Re: Al-Qaida Carves Out Own Country in Mali
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2013, 12:59:18 PM »
And closer still, the MB is placed HIGH in the WH, State and DHS. Skeptical ?  Check out Hillary's soulmate:  Uma Abedin (a MB insider)

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Re: Al-Qaida Carves Out Own Country in Mali
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2013, 02:15:15 PM »
Of course. The evidence of Huma Abedin's Muslim Brotherhood's ties has been smothered.
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.


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