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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 04:50 PM

Terror Fight Shifts to Africa

Source: WSJ

Military counterterrorism officials are seeking more capability to pursue extremist groups in Africa and elsewhere that they believe threaten the U.S., and the Obama administration is considering asking Congress to approve expanded authority to do it.

The move, according to administration and congressional officials, would be aimed at allowing U.S. military operations in Mali, Nigeria, Libya and possibly other countries where militants have loose or nonexistent ties to al Qaeda's Pakistan headquarters. Depending on the request, congressional authorization could cover the use of armed drones and special operations teams across a region larger than Iraq and Afghanistan combined, the officials said.

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Some U.S. officials argue that the existing authority is sufficient, especially if the administration works through African forces and regional governments—as it says it would prefer. But others say new authority is needed if officials decide they need to do more to pressure militant groups. The debate is going on both within the administration and the Pentagon, where officials remain divided over whether more direct action against militant groups in Africa will be needed.

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Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM originally known as the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, once resisted ties to al Qaeda. New leaders changed the name and embraced al Qaeda, but experts don't believe it takes its directions. There are also other groups in Mali, such as the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, which experts said have only indirect ties to the al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan.





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Response to question everything (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 05:52 PM

1. make work project for the MIC

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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:27 PM

2. Always searching for more enemies

and creating many more in the process – what a scam.

Right after the Soviet Union collapsed, HW Bush made Saddam the enemy. That started twenty years of extreme oppression and brutality against Iraq. The cycle never ends.

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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:34 PM

3. Did someone say KONY 2013?

 

Yup it never ends, there is always someone somewhere oppressing its own people. Lets just hope they stay the hell out of Nigeria or any neigbouring country

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