Interesting article from, of all places, Reuters. Nothing new for longtime Atlas readers. It is what I have been warning and reporting on for years. But such reportage is ...... Islamophobic. What exactly is it when Reuters covers it? Apart from validation of my work?
I reported on this link between Libya and that monstrous jihad attack on the BP plant in Algeria back in January here. The attack on the gas plant led to kidnapping of over 600 non-Muslim workers and 81 deaths.
As for our "paucity of intelligence on jihadis," you can thank Obama for that. Not only was it not a priority, jihad doesn't exist in the White House lexicon. It was scrubbed from counter terrorism training materials. And according to Obama, al Qaeda is greatly diminished.
Barack Obama said this: “We achieved our central goal … or have come very close to achieving our central goal, which is to de-capacitate al-Qaeda, to dismantle them, to make sure that they can’t attack us again.”
The dramatic surge in jihad is a combination of Obama's sanction of Islamic jihad, his heralding of the "Arab Spring," and his support of Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda groups in Africa and Egypt.
"The next safe haven will be Niger"
As for Reuters' headline, "widening North African jihad confounds foes," it only "confounds" those who refuse to recognize reality and have denied motive and religious ideology all these many years since 911. The bottom line is, it is not confounding at all.
Al Qaeda's widening North African jihad confounds foes Reuters, August 9, 2013
* Evidence of links between Benghazi, In Amenas attackers* AQIM spreads far beyond its roots in Algeria
* Western targets in region include mines and energy sites
ALGIERS/LONDON Aug 9 (Reuters) - Inquiries into the bloody assault on an Algerian gas plant are uncovering increasing evidence of contacts between the assailants and the jihadis involved in killing the U.S. ambassador to Libya nearly a year ago.
The extent of the contacts between the militants is still unclear and nobody is sure there was a direct link between the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the carnage at In Amenas, where 39 foreign hostages were killed in January.
But the findings, according to three sources with separate knowledge of U.S. investigations, shed some light on the connections between Al Qaeda affiliates stretching ever further across North and West Africa.
The lack of detail, meanwhile, highlights the paucity of intelligence on jihadis whose rise has been fuelled by the 2011 Arab uprisings and who have shown ready to strike scattered Western targets including mines and energy installations.