ANALYSIS – The African Jihad Problem

By: Kylie Bull, Managing Editor 01/15/2015 ( 5:59am)

Last week, terror attacks in France killed 12 people. At the same time, Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria murdered approximately 2,000. The disparity in the media and public reaction to both events is immense. On the same day as the attacks on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s office in Paris, the French reacted with public displays of unity, solidarity and defense of free speech. This diffused to other European countries and around the world. There have been no such displays or widespread condemnation in relation to the attacks in Nigeria, which not only amassed a greater number of casualties, but used female and child suicide bombers – one as young as ten years old.

Why is this? In this day and age surely there is nobody who believes that an African life is worth less than an American, a Dutch or an Australian life. No, it’s not that. Continue reading

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U.S. exercises aim to prevent another Benghazi; more Marines deployed to regional embassies

WASHINGTON — The United States has reported military exercises to stop an Al Qaida attack in North Africa.

Officials said the military and State Department conducted a series of drills to ensure rapid response to any Al Qaida attack on U.S. facilities in North Africa. They said the exercises stemmed from the lessons learned from the Ansar Al Sharia attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in 2012, in which four people including ambassador Chris Stevens, was killed.

U.S. Marines board an MV-22B Osprey at Moron Air Base, Spain in response to security concerns in northern Africa. / Alexander Hill / U.S. Marine Corps

 

“We think we have developed an improved way to execute the indications and warnings with our interagency partners to ensure that we can move and reposition closer,” U.S. Africa Command chief Gen. David Rodriguez said.

In a briefing on Dec. 3, Rodriguez reviewed training for a rapid-response team comprised of the U.S. Marine Corps. The general said several so-called FAST teams from the Marines and Special Operations Command were on alert in NATO facilities in southern Europe as well as Djibouti. Continue reading

Libya’s Ansar al-Shari’a Declares the Islamic Emirate of Benghazi

Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 16
August 8, 2014 02:12 PM By: Andrew McGregor

The logo of Ansar al-Shari’a.

Only weeks after Sunni jihadists in Iraq declared the establishment of an Islamic caliphate covering parts of Syria and Iraq, Libya’s Ansar al-Shari’a movement has declared an Islamic emirate in eastern Libya after driving government forces and their allies from the city of Benghazi. The defeat of the strongest pro-government forces in eastern Libya has provided the Islamists with an impressive victory, but Ansar al-Shari’a and its allies are still struggling to obtain the support of Benghazi’s urban population and the powerful tribes dwelling in its hinterland.

The Libyan Emirate in the Modern Era

As the provinces that eventually formed modern Libya began to fall to British and French military forces following a string of defeats suffered by Italy, the colonial power in Libya, there were several abortive attempts to create a modern emirate in eastern Libya. In anticipation of post-war independence in return for supporting the Allied cause, the Libyans agreed to the formation of a joint Tripolitanian-Cyrenaican Emirate with Sayyid Idris al-Sanusi as leader in 1940 (the third province, Fezzan, remained under French military administration from 1943 to 1951). Continue reading

Mystery solved? US-registered plane in Iran owned by Ghana firm


The mystery of a US-registered plane spotted at a Tehran airport this week and reported on by the New York Times has apparently been solved.

The US-registered Bombardier corporate jet, carrying the registration number N604EP, is owned and operated by a Ghana-based engineering firm, an aviation expert said Friday. The visitors it bought to Iran last week were senior Ghanaian officials, an Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman said Friday.

The plane was chartered by Ghanaian officials, no American was on board, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told Iranian media Friday, journalist Mojtaba Mousavi and Shargh newspaper reported.

Tyler Bowron, an aviation expert at Cerretanni Aviation group in Boulder, Colorado, told Al-Monitor that the company that in fact owns and operates the plane is called Engineers and Planners, based in Accra, Ghana. Continue reading