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  • ISIS cancer spreading to North Africa

    10/14/2014 10:47:00 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 4 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 13, 2014 | Daniel Nisman
    Nearly two months after President Obama first vowed to eradicate ISIS, this cancer is spreading in North Africa — within striking distance of Europe’s soft underbelly.  On Sept. 15, a group of Algerian jihadists broke away from the Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb network to pledge allegiance to ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The self-proclaimed “Soldiers of the Caliphate in Algeria” proved their worth days later, ambushing a group of French tourists in a popular Algerian national park, kidnapping and beheading one of them.  On Sept. 23, the new group Soldiers of the Caliphate in Egypt popped...
  • Latest Big Lie: We Have No Strategy

    08/29/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. Thats because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering. The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies....
  • World War 2: memories of North Africa

    06/02/2014 4:30:05 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 34 replies
    smithsk.blogspot.com ^ | 2 June 2014 | smithsk
    Wikipedia/American troops As I write, we are approaching 70 years after D-Day as well as may other anniversaries marking the end of World War Two. [reference: D-Day 70th anniversary - 2014 - Normandy commemorations]Many of my readers may have had relatives that fought in that war. Those in their their 80s or older may be veterans of this war. Likewise, my father-in-law had fought in World War II and had served in the Army during Korea and Vietnam. But he first saw action in the North African theater. And he may have witnessed many of the events as shown...
  • Senate Report -- CIA: 'Libya: Al-Qaida Establishing Sanctuary'

    01/22/2014 10:43:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a brief self-congratulatory trip to Tripoli, Libya, in October 2011 -- with U.S. military assets lurking offshore in case they needed to rescue her -- she joked, in the presence of then-Ambassador Gene Cretz and Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, that they had not-so-long-ago been worried that the ambassador might end up the target of a murderous Libyan assault. "As Gene and Assistant Secretary Feltman and I were walking through here, they were talking about how the last time Jeff was here was when we were very worried that Gadhafi and [Libyan...
  • Israelis Detained on Board Norwegian Jade as Cruise Ship Docked in Port of Tunis

    03/10/2014 7:30:21 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | March 9, 2014 | Shiryn Ghermezian
    Israelis Detained on Board Norwegian Jade as Cruise Ship Docked in Port of Tunis Israeli tourists were denied the right to disembark from the Norwegian Jade, a vessel operated by the Norwegian Cruise Line, when it stopped in the Port of Tunis, Tunisia recently, Jewish human rights organization Bnai Brith Canada said on Sunday. As passengers prepared to get off the ship to visit the North African republic, the Israelis were quietly told that they were not welcomed by the Tunisian Government, the group said in a statement. The cruise line did not advise the passengers in advance that Israeli...
  • November 8, 1942 - Operation Torch, the Allied Landings in French North Africa

    11/08/2013 6:57:29 AM PST · by Ready4Freddy · 7 replies
    "On the morning of November 8, 1942, a force of over 70,000 American and British soldiers went ashore on the coast of Vichy French North-West Africa, and a period of close Anglo-American co-operation began. Altogether over 500 ships had carried and guarded the assault force: 102 of them crossing the Atlantic from America; the remainder sailing in two convoys - one fast and one slow - from Britain. They all arrived at their destinations within a few hours of each other and a pattern of smooth timing and organisation had been set."
  • Islamist Party in Tunisia to Step Down

    10/08/2013 11:53:37 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 28, 2013 | CARLOTTA GALL
    Tunisias governing Islamist party, Ennahda, thrust into power by the Arab Spring, has agreed to step down after months of political wrangling with a hard-bargaining opposition. In three weeks, the Ennahda-led government is to hand over power to an independent caretaker government that will lead the country through elections in the spring. The deal comes as part of negotiations to restart Tunisias democratic transition after secular opposition groups, protesting the assassinations of two of their politicians, stalled work on a new constitution and an election law this summer. Since the assassination of a prominent leftist politician, Chokri Belaid, in February,...
  • French Translator Held for 'Provoking Terrorism'

    09/20/2013 2:28:36 AM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies
    THE LOCAL.fr ^ | September 20, 2013 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "A webmaster from Normandy, northern France was arrested and charged on Thursday for "provoking" and condoning terrorism. He is accused of translating articles from the jihadist magazine Inspire into French." SNIPPET: "The 26-year-old, identified as Romain, was detained Tuesday for his role asadministrator of the Ansar al Haqq website, a "reference" for the radicalIslamist movement, and as a translator of magazines put out by militant groupAl-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Paris prosecutors said. Detained by intelligence officers in his native Calvados region of northernFrance, Romain said he converted to Islam when he was 20, prosecutors said. The Ansar...
  • THREATS AGAINST BENGHAZI WHISTLEBLOWERS ALLEGED

    04/29/2013 3:29:17 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 60 replies
    Greta Wire ^ | 04.29.13 | James Rosen
    At least four career officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have retained lawyers, or are in the process of doing so, as they prepare to provide sensitive information about the Benghazi attacks to Congress, Fox News has learned. Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate intelligence committee, is now representing one of the State Department employees. She told Fox News her client and some of the others, who consider themselves whistleblowers, have been threatened by unnamed Obama administration officials.
  • EXPLOSIVE REPORT: FORCES WERE AVAILABLE TO HELP AMERICANS UNDER ATTACK IN BENGHAZI

    04/29/2013 6:26:39 PM PDT · by crosslink · 315 replies
    The blaze ^ | 4-29-2013 | Jason Howerton
    The U.S. government had the ability to react and respond to the Benghazi terrorist attack and could have had forces on the ground before the second wave of the assault began, a special operator with knowledge of the response told Fox News in an exclusive interview. Due to the explosive nature of his allegations, the special ops member asked to remain anonymous. I know for a fact that C 110 the UComm CIF was doing a training exercise, not in the region of northern Africa, but in Europe. And they had the ability to react and respond, he told Fox...
  • Al Qaeda-linked plot to attack passenger train broken up by Canadian,US [Canada creates Terrorists!]

    04/22/2013 3:06:15 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 29 replies
    Fox - non State Media ^ | April 22 2013 | FNS
    Canadian authorities announced Monday they have broken up an Al Qaeda-linked terror plot to attack a passenger train as it crossed over a bridge in the Toronto area. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday that two suspects have been arrested on terrorism charges. Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, who live in greater Montreal and Toronto -- were conspiring to carry out an Al Qaeda-supported attack against Via Rail, but posed no immediate threat to the public. "It was definitely in the planning stage but not imminent," RCMP chief superintendent Jennifer Strachan told reporters at a news conference. Read more:...
  • Egypt protesters torch buildings, target Suez Canal

    03/09/2013 10:09:06 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 10, 2013 | Yousri Mohamed and Marwa Awad
    Egyptian protesters torched buildings in Cairo and tried unsuccessfully to disrupt international shipping on the Suez Canal, as a court ruling on a deadly soccer riot stoked rage in a country beset by worsening security. The ruling enraged residents of Port Said, at the northern entrance of the Suez Canal, by confirming the death sentences imposed on 21 local soccer fans for their role in the riot last year, when more than 70 people were killed. But the court also angered rival fans in Cairo by acquitting a further 28 defendants whom they wanted punished, including seven members of the...
  • Sr. WH Official on Libya: Obama 'straining' truth; "Huge gamble" may benefit al Qaeda

    03/21/2011 12:55:43 PM PDT · by kristinn · 26 replies
    Monday, March 21, 2011 | Kristinn
    Well, that didn't take long. A "senior Obama administration official" is breaking ranks to call out his boss in Time magazine about Libya.In an article published online Sunday night, Time writer Massimo Calabresi buries the lede by holding the bombshell quotes until the fourth paragraph, preferring to write about himself the first three.The quotes have the official all but calling Obama a liar over his stated reasons for going to war in Libya. The article also has the official saying Obama is knowingly taking a "huge gamble" because al Qaeda has cells in Libya that could benefit from the the...
  • The secret war behind Benghazi (lot's of good info)

    02/10/2013 2:14:36 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 100 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | 2/10/2013 | KYLE SMITH
    Obama gave his chief counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, who is now the nominee to be the next leader of the CIA, a blank check. Brennan could do just about whatever he needed to do in North Africa and the Mideast, contend Murphy and Webb. Brennan chose to conduct a dangerous classified war without looping in Stevens, who paid with his life for his ignorance, according to the book. The Joint Special Operations Command, which Brennan controls, is a collection of special forces outside of the regular military command originally formed as a hostage-rescue team. But in the middle of last...
  • Resurgence of revolt where Arab Spring began

    02/11/2013 10:29:06 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | February 7, 2013
    As dozens of riot police fired volleys of tear gas towards crowds of angry youths on Bourghiba Avenue this week, the scene was disturbingly reminiscent of what happened on this very avenue two years ago. Even the chanting was the same: "We want the downfall of the regime!" The target of the crowd's anger may be a different government, but many here feel their efforts in 2011, when they succeeded in removing Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, may have been for nought. Many outsiders, myself included, always believed the Tunisian "Jasmine" uprising had the best chance of succeeding, of building a...
  • Mohammed al Zawahiri threatens West, condemns Mali intervention

    01/29/2013 2:53:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | January 25, 2013 | Thomas Joscelyn
    A banner showing al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri and former emir Osama bin Laden is placed outside the French Embassy in Cairo, Egypt during a protest organized by Mohammed al Zawahiri. Image from Euronews. Within the past few days, Mohammed al Zawahiri, the younger brother of al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, has threatened France and the West while condemning the intervention in Mali. The younger Zawahiri promised that if France and its allies continue to fight in Mali, then Westerners will be the "first to burn." During an interview broadcast by Euronews on Jan. 22, Mohammed al...
  • Sex slave aged 11 'branded with initial of her abuser': Child trafficker 'used a heated hair pin

    01/17/2013 10:48:46 PM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    the Daily Mail ^ | 17 January 2013 | Arthur Martin
    A girl of 11 was sold to a child trafficker who branded her with his initial, a court heard yesterday. Mohammed Karrar, 38, also loaned her to abusers around the country for 600 an hour, it was alleged. Over five years she was repeatedly raped by large groups of men in what she described as torture sex, the jury was told. Seven men of Pakistani origin and two from North Africa are accused of 79 offences against six vulnerable white British girls. The charges include child rape, sexual trafficking and child prostitution. Noel Lucas QC, prosecuting, said Karrar known...
  • Thirty hostages reported killed in Algeria assault (12 minutes ago)

    01/17/2013 2:40:39 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 17, 2013 | By Lamine Chikhi
    (Reuters) - Thirty hostages and at least 11 Islamist militants were killed on Thursday when Algerian forces stormed a desert gas plant in a bid to free many dozens of Western and local captives, an Algerian security source said. Two Japanese, two Britons and a French national were among at least seven foreigners killed, the source told Reuters. Eight of the dead hostages were Algerian. The nationalities of the rest, as well as of perhaps dozens more who escaped, were unclear. Americans, Norwegians, Romanians and an Austrian have also been mentioned by their governments as having been captured. Underlining the...
  • Mali Islamists 'enter' Konna after clashes with army ('Mujao' risin'?)

    01/10/2013 2:07:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/10/13 | BBC
    Militants Islamist in Mali say they have entered the key central town of Konna, advancing further into government-held territory. This is the most serious fighting since Islamist groups captured the north from government forces in April 2012. The army has not commented on the claim by the Ansar Dine group that its fighters are in Konna. Earlier, it said it had advanced on Douentza, a central town held by another Islamist group. A resident in Douentza said no fighting had so far taken place for control of the town, about 800km (500 miles) north-east of the capital, Bamako. It was...
  • French Strikes in Mali Supplant Caution of U.S.

    01/13/2013 11:16:07 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 13, 2013 | ADAM NOSSITER, ERIC SCHMITT and MARK MAZZETTI.
    French fighter jets struck deep inside Islamist strongholds in northern Mali on Sunday, shoving aside months of international hesitation about storming the region after every other effort by the United States and its allies to thwart the extremists had failed. For years, the United States tried to stem the spread of Islamic militancy in the region by conducting its most ambitious counterterrorism program ever across these vast, turbulent stretches of the Sahara. But as insurgents swept through the desert last year, commanders of this nations elite army units, the fruit of years of careful American training, defected when they were...
  • US military: Intervention in Mali now would fail

    12/03/2012 10:26:12 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 3 , 2012 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    The top US military commander in Africa warned Monday against any premature military action in Mali, even as he said that al-Qaida linked extremists have strengthened their hold on the northern part of the country. Army Gen. Carter Ham said that any military intervention done now would likely fail and would set the precarious situation there back "even farther than they are today."
  • In Timbuktu, Harsh Change Under Islamists

    06/03/2012 1:50:35 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 6/2/12 | ADAM NOSSITER
    BAMAKO, Mali Isolated for centuries by the harsh desert that surrounds it, Timbuktu now finds itself even more cut off from the rest of the world. Rebels who captured the city in northern Mali in April have imposed a form of hard-edged Islamic rule, prompting many residents to flee in fear and changing the face of what had been a tolerant and easygoing destination that drew tourists from around the world. Women are now forced to wear full, face-covering veils. Music is banned from the radio. Cigarettes are snatched from the mouths of pedestrians. And the look of the...
  • Khan made trips to Niger, Sudan

    02/23/2004 8:27:58 PM PST · by piasa · 14 replies · 1,072+ views
    The Times of India ^ | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2004 | CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA
    WASHINGTON: The famous African explorer Dr David Livingstone might have been impressed, even if the agenda was suspect. Pakistans disgraced nuclear proliferator-hero Abdul Qadeer Khan traversed the breadth of Africa in his hey day as a nuclear salesman , going to as romantic a getaway as Casablanca in Morocco and as remote an outpost as Timbuktu in Mali. US officials might dearly like to get hold of Khans travel agent, or simply his itinerary, since he seems to have pretty much charted his own course during his profligate proliferating days. According to accounts now surfacing in the Pakistani media,...
  • Welcome to Africas Alqaedastan-Obamas Libyan war breeds horror in Mali.

    01/08/2013 4:31:33 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 8, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    When it was my turn, they took me blindfolded, the thief said. Suddenly I felt a pain in my right hand that was out of this world. My hand had just been chopped off. This is Gao, once the seat of an empire, and then a glorified village, and now a city the size of Scranton under the boot of its Islamist conquerors. Gao has become a place where thieves have their hands cut off, where women are forced to wear the stifling Hijab in 113 degree heat or be lashed and where unmarried couples are stoned to death. Borders...
  • U.S. Aiding Tunisia in Reforming Labor Laws, Institutions

    01/07/2013 11:02:25 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Jan. 8, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    The Millennium Challenge Corporation is assisting the nation of Tunisia in achieving greater economic growth by getting it to improve its government and private-sector institutions, which MCC says suffer from a bloated workforce and strict labor laws that keep that unwieldy labor market intact. Tunisia, a North African nation tucked between Libya and Algeria, has agreed to pursue their reforms as a step toward signing a formal compact with MCC. First it must undergo scrutiny via MCCs Threshold Program, which: assists countries in implementing policy changes in order to improve prospects for MCC Compact eligibility. MCC has signed 23 threshold...
  • Benghazi - During Attack Denis McDonough and Tom Donilon Replace President Obama and VP Biden

    01/06/2013 7:57:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Conservatvie Tree House ^ | 1/6/13 | Sundance
    Two days ago we posted a discussion around a newly released photo from the White House. The picture was taken in the oval office on Sept 11th 2012: (Snip) The picture was taken at exactly 7:28:16pm DC time. It was dusk outside, and President Obama had just completed a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Why is this important? Because we know the conversation lasted an hour. (Snip) So this phone call between Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama started three hours after the attack began.
  • Ayotte: Rice Went Beyond Benghazi Talking Points

    12/04/2012 3:56:13 PM PST · by haffast · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | Sun, Dec 2, 2012 | Matt Vasilogambros
    Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went beyond the talking points she was given on the terrorist attack in Libya when she appeared on Sunday talk shows shortly after the Sept. 11 attack. Ayotte, along with five other senators, met with Rice on the Hill this week to discuss her reaction to the attack, which left four Americans dead. Ayotte said she was very troubled by what she heard, noting specifically that Rice had read the classified intelligence briefings saying that al-Qaida was behind the attack and did not mention that in her television appearances. Ayotte also...
  • Benghazi Report: Al Qaida is Alive and Well

    12/21/2012 11:04:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Nightwatch
    Republic of Korea: For the record. Pak Ku'n-hye (Park Geun-hye) of the New Frontier Party won South Korea's presidential election on 19 December, media reported. She is the daughter of Park Chung-hee and the first woman elected to be president of the Republic of Korea. That should confound the North! North Korea-Iran: According to a Japanese news service, an Iranian lawmaker told the service that North Korea informed Iran in October of its plan to launch a satellite. The head of an Iranian parliamentary delegation to North Korea, Hamid Reza Taraghi, revealed talks took place mid-October with the North's delegates...
  • Former SEAL: Obama Never Gave 'Cross-Border Authority' Orders

    11/02/2012 3:29:07 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 37 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | November 2, 2012 | Tony Lee
    As more information comes to the light about the Obama administration's Benghazi cover-up, a former Navy SEAL officer who once took a military detachment to Libya suggests President Barack Obama was either AWOL -- essentially an "empty chair" -- or deliberately denied Americans under siege in Benghazi the aid they needed by not authorizing "cross-border authority," without which rescue operations could have taken place. Matt Bracken, the former SEAL, writes "only the president can give the order for our military to cross a nations border without that nations permission." He notes that Obama granted "cross-border authority" for Americans to enter...
  • Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi now

    10/30/2012 6:54:22 AM PDT · by mgist · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/30/12 | Ed Morrisey
    Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi now POSTED AT 9:31 AM ON OCTOBER 30, 2012 BY ED MORRISSEY Retired Admiral James A. Lyons likely pulled few punches as commander in chief of the US Pacific Fleet during his career and he hasnt started pulling punches now, either. In a blistering column at The Washington Times, the former commander blasts the lack of action from the US when the administration learned our consulate in Benghazi had come under attack, writing that courage was lacking that might have saved at least some of the four American...
  • AL-QAEDA IN LIBYA: A PROFILE----Prepared by Library of Congress --PDF

    10/29/2012 8:50:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | August 2012 | Library of Congress
    AL-QAEDA IN LIBYA: A PROFILEA Report Prepared by the Federal Research Division, Library of Congress under an Interagency Agreement with the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Offices Irregular Warfare Support Program August 2012
  • Benghazi's meaning for Israel and the Mideast (Great Analysis-Debate Prep)

    10/20/2012 8:55:09 AM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 10/19/2012 | Dore Gold
    ....Even before the attack on the U.S. compound, according to an Oct. 2, 2012 report in The Washington Post, the White House held a series of secret meetings that came out of a growing concern that "al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb" (AQIM) was gaining strength after it took control of the northern parts of the African state of Mali, where it created a new Afghan-like sanctuary. In the last year it has begun to spread its influence across the Sahara. AQIM's weaponry came from post-Gadhafi Libya, whose arsenal was boosting the arms trade from Morocco to Sinai. Israeli sources have...
  • BENGHAZI-GATE: Post Threads Here for Cross Reference

    10/13/2012 11:06:57 AM PDT · by nanetteclaret · 60 replies
    various | various | various
    This thread is to consolidate all information on the Benghazi fiasco.
  • Report: Administration weighing military strike against Libya attackers (Oct surprise?)

    10/15/2012 5:01:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/15/2012
    The White House is considering a strike against militants responsible for the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others if and when it can track down the perpetrators, The Associated Press reported. The AP, citing current and former administration officials, reports that the Obama administration is weighing whether the short-term payoff of retribution against al Qaeda for the Sept. 11 attack in Libya is worth the trade-off of potentially elevating the group's stature. There is also concern about alienating governments that could help fight terror in the region, according to the AP. The United States has put...
  • Career intel officers: Obamas not telling you how far Al Qaeda has penetrated into Libya and Egypt

    10/05/2012 5:59:35 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 7:21 pm on October 5, 2012 | Allahpundit
    I dont get it. Why would the Foreign Policy President, who supported the revolutions in Libya and Egypt, not want to talk about that? I thought he likes talking about foreign policy. Weeks before the presidential election, President Barack Obamas administration faces mounting opposition from within the ranks of U.S. intelligence agencies over what career officers say is a cover up of intelligence information about terrorism in North Africa.Intelligence held back from senior officials and the public includes numerous classified reports revealing clear Iranian support for jihadists throughout the tumultuous North Africa and Middle East region, as well as notably...
  • (Documenting today's Arab slavery) Film Stolen exposes modern-day slavery in Polisario camps

    10/05/2012 2:33:19 PM PDT · by Milagros · 4 replies
    Al-arabiya ^ | Friday, 05 October 2012
    Last Updated: Fri Oct 05, 2012 07:26 am (KSA) 04:26 am (GMT) Film Stolen exposes modern-day slavery in Polisario camps Friday, 05 October 2012 The film, Stolen, the story of a Sahrawi girl called Fatim Sellami, herself a slave, who was reunited with her mother after 35 years of separation with the help of the United Nations. (Image grab from film Stolen By KHADIJA FATHI AGADIR / MOROCCO A controversial documentary film that exposes slavery in the Western Sahara camps controlled by the Polisario front has been screened in Moroccos coastal resort city of Agadir. The film, directed by Violeta...
  • White House widening covert war in North Africa

    10/03/2012 12:05:58 PM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 10/3/2012 | Kimberly Dozier
    Small teams of special operations forces arrived at American embassies throughout North Africa in the months before militants launched the fiery attack that killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya. The soldiers' mission: Set up a network that could quickly strike a terrorist target or rescue a hostage. But the teams had yet to do much counterterrorism work in Libya, though the White House signed off a year ago on the plan to build the new military task force in the region and the advance teams had been there for six months, according to three U.S. counterterror officials and a former...
  • Dennis Ross, Obamas Mideast Advisor, to Resign

    11/10/2011 12:54:31 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/11/11 | Elad Benari
    Dennis Ross, President Barack Obamas key Middle East advisor, said Thursday he would resign from his post, AFP reported. Ross, a veteran U.S. peace negotiator, said in a statement that he had made a promise to his wife to return to private life after two years in the administration and had outstayed that promise by a year. He added that he was returning to private life with mixed feelings. It has been an honor to work in the Obama Administration and to serve this president, particularly during a period of unprecedented change in the broader Middle East, Ross said. Obviously,...
  • Al-Qaida assassins after Gadhafi: Intel suggests dictators's sudden cooperation due to holy war

    12/25/2003 6:43:16 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 17 replies · 197+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Thursday, Christmas Day, 2003
    Al-Qaida assassins after GadhafiIntelligence suggests Libyan dictator's sudden cooperation due to holy war Posted: December 24, 20035:00 p.m. Eastern 2003WorldNetDaily.com Canadian intelligence suggests al-Qaida-backed militants in Libya want to assassinate Col. Moammar Gadhafi, possibly shedding light on the dictator's sudden efforts to cozy up to the West. Libyan President Col. Moammar Gadhafi (Courtesy: Sky News) Citing a Canadian Security Intelligence Service, or CSIS, report, The National Post reports the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, or LIFG, is waging holy war against Gadhafi in an effort to establish an Islamic state in Libya. "In order to achieve their goals, the LIFG has...
  • Libyan Islamist militia swept out of Benghazi bases

    09/22/2012 9:38:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/22/2012
    BENGHAZI, Libya, Sept 22 (Reuters) - An Islamist militia was driven out of the city of Benghazi early on Saturday in a surge of anger against the armed groups that control large parts of Libya more than a year after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. A spokesman for Ansar al-Sharia, which some U.S. and Libya officials blame for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last week in which the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, said it had evacuated its bases "to preserve security in the city". In a dramatic sign of Libya's fragility, after sweeping...
  • Tripoli military chief says militias must pull out

    10/03/2011 10:33:45 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, October 3, 2011 | Joseph Logan
    The military commander of Tripoli, a key figure in the revolution that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi, called on other militias to pull their weapons out of Tripoli, accusing them of terrorizing the city's population. The remarks by Abdulhakim Belhadj, whose Tripoli Military Council claims a mandate from Libya's new rulers, follow rising concern about potential conflict among armed groups that converged on Tripoli to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi and have stayed on to demand stakes in a future government. They also follow the announcement a day earlier of another group that it would collect weapons and provide security in the name of...
  • U.S. probes whether Benghazi attackers had inside help

    09/20/2012 11:13:22 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:10pm EDT | Mark Hosenball
    Reuters) - U.S. authorities are investigating possible collusion between militants who launched a deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya and locally hired Libyan personnel guarding the facility, three U.S. officials said. So far there is no proof that the attackers, who killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. officials, were helped by Libyan security personnel hired by the consulate. One official said the Obama administration was playing down this possibility.However, all the officials said that the question of whether the attackers had inside help or advice was a serious issue in the U.S. investigation into...
  • Another stunner behind Obama's Libya doctrine (R2P- Holocaust denier helped devise policy)

    03/30/2011 9:30:07 AM PDT · by opentalk · 48 replies
    WND ^ | March 29,2011 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV A staunch denier of the Holocaust who long served as the deputy of late PLO leader Yasser Arafat served on the committee that invented the military doctrine used by President Obama as the main justification for U.S. and international airstrikes against Libya. As WND first reported, billionaire philanthropist George Soros is a primary funder and key proponent of the Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect, the world's leading organization pushing the military doctrine. Several of the doctrine's main founders sit on multiple boards with Soros. The doctrine and its founders, as WND reported, have been deeply tied...
  • US braces for more violence from anti-Muslim film

    09/13/2012 6:28:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 49 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | September 13, 2012 | Kimberly Dozier and Matthew Lee
    The Obama administration was caught by surprise by the ferocity of the Sept. 11 attack against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three other Americans. Now it is bracing for another potential eruption of violent demonstrations in parts of the Muslim world after Friday's weekly prayers traditionally a time of protest in the Middle East and North Africa... "The United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video," [Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton] said before a meeting with the foreign minister of Morocco at the State Department. "We absolutely reject its...
  • Islamist, leftist students clash at Tunisian university over women's face veil

    03/07/2012 3:06:40 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 7, 2012 | BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA
    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) Islamist and leftist students fought running battles at a Tunisian university Wednesday in the latest incident involving rising religious sentiment in the North African country. Competing demonstrations in the morning by hundreds of conservative students, known as Salafis, and leftist members of the national students' union erupted into violence when the former tore down the national flag flying at the university entrance.
  • Tunisia, Egypt Islamists signal bigger religion role

    02/28/2012 10:42:22 PM PST · by U-238 · 1 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/22/2012 | Tom Heneghan
    After months of reassuring secularist critics, Islamist politicians in Tunisia and Egypt have begun to lay down markers about how Muslim their states should be -- and first signs show they want more religion than previously admitted. Islamist parties swept the first free elections in both countries in recent months after campaigns that stressed their readiness to work with the secularists they struggled with in the Arab Spring revolts against decades-long dictatorships. With political deadlines looming, the Tunisian coalition led by the reformist Islamist Ennahda party and the head of Egypt's influential Muslim Brotherhood both made statements this week revealing...
  • Sidi Bouzid runs dry after Salafists destroy last remaining bar

    09/06/2012 3:01:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    afp ^ | 06/09/2012
    Tunisias western city of Sidi Bouzid is now dry... Chanting al-Charab haram (alcohol is sin), dozens of Salafists burst into Sidi Bouzids Horchani hotel on Monday, September 3. The throng of men quickly homed in on the hotels liquor stock, seizing bottles of alcohol and throwing them against the walls or smashing them on the floor. The incident comes around four months after the citys Salafist community first launched a war against alcohol consumption, pressuring or intimidating several bars into shutting down. Those who tried to resist saw their businesses come under attack, much like the Horchani hotel. ... I...
  • Once Lush Sahara Dried Up Over Millennia, Study Says

    05/08/2008 7:08:12 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 178+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 5-8-2008 | James Owen
    Once Lush Sahara Dried Up Over Millennia, Study SaysJames Owen for National Geographic NewsMay 8, 2008 The grassy prehistoric Sahara turned into Earth's largest hot desert more slowly than previously thought, a new report saysand some say global warming may turn the desert green once again. The new research is based on deposits from a unique desert lake in remote northern Chad. Lake Yoa, sustained by prehistoric groundwater, has survived for millennia despite constant drought and searing heat. The body of water contains an unbroken climate record going back at least 6,000 years, said study lead author Stefan Krpelin of...
  • Islamic Socialism - bloody legacy (Qaddafi's 'Green Book,' WRC, etc.)

    04/26/2012 6:14:34 AM PDT · by Milagros · 1 replies
    Islamic SocialismFrom the CIA factbook: Following a 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-QADHAFI began to espouse his own political system, the Third Universal Theory. The system was a combination of socialism and Islam derived in part from tribal practices and was supposed to be implemented by the Libyan people themselves in a unique form of "direct democracy.[1] The "Green Book" - Arabism, Islam & socialism, with Islam the main line Author John L. Esposito: Under Qaddafi three interrelated ideas were woven into Libya's ideological identity: Pan-Arabism, socialism, and Islam. Qaddafi's appeals to Islam were influenced by his...
  • [Egypt Pres] Mohammed Morsi vows to free Omar Abdel-Rahman,jailed in U.S.

    06/29/2012 10:03:22 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    CBS ^ | 29 June 2012
    CAIRO - In his first public speech addressing tens of thousands of mostly Islamist supporters, Egypt's president-elect Mohammed Morsi has vowed to free the blind sheik jailed in the U.S. for a plot to blow up New York City landmarks. Morsi, Egypt's first Islamist and civilian president-elect, promised Friday to work to free Omar Abdel-Rahman, the spiritual leader of men convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He also promised to free detained Egyptian protesters facing military tribunals.