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GWOT: Not Ending on Schedule


President Obama wants to be rid of the Global War on Terror, but the Global War on Terror isn’t quite finished with him. For evidence, turn your gaze to Niger, the large, sparsely populated country on the southern edge of the Saharan desert.

“A car bomb exploded at about 5.30am local time at an army base in Agadez, the largest city in northern Niger,” reports Xan Rice for the FT. “Militants then engaged troops in a gun battle. At least 20 soldiers were killed and 16 injured.” The BBC has more: “Suicide bombers struck a military camp and a French-run uranium mine in two towns in north-west Niger, killing 20 people.”

Guess who “supervised” this attack? None other than Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the mastermind of the assault on the Algerian gas facility in January that resulted in the deaths of 39 hostages and 29 militants. Chad’s security forces announced they had killed Belmokhtar, a notorious, one-eyed jihadi commander in North Africa, back in March. Apparently not.

“This is the first of our responses to the statement of the president of Niger—from his masters in Paris—that he eliminated jihad and the mujahideen militarily,” reads a statement signed by Belmokhtar, according to the BBC.

It seems Belmokhtar’s jihadi group collaborated with Mujao, another jihadi group that splintered from AQIM in 2011.

The Global War on Terror won’t end whenever President Obama says he wants it to be over. Unfortunately, jihadis like Mokhtar Belmokhtar have other ideas. His group and likeminded others collaborate on terrorist attacks in places like Niger where the government is weak and ineffective. There will be more of this before long.

[Image of Mokhtar Belmokhtar courtesy of Wikimedia]

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  • Anthony

    WRM, America/Americans need someone (State Dept., POTUS, Pentagon, Congress, et al) to present a clear picture of what is happening not just in Niger or AQIM but in the world and where our interest lie; your last five Quick Takes cover the globe…

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