Long War Journal: On Mar. 2, a merger of al Qaeda groups in the Sahel was announced. The “Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims” (Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin) brings together four existing al Qaeda organizations under one banner. Ansar Dine, Al Murabitoon and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s (AQIM) Sahara branch are all part of the new entity. The Macina Liberation Front, an arm of Ansar Dine, is as well.
Iyad Ag Ghaly (center), the longtime leader of Ansar Dine, heads the new joint venture. Ghaly, a Malian Tuareg jihadist, explained why the merger was necessary in a video that is more than seven minutes long. And he emphasized that his group is part of al Qaeda’s international network.
“On this blessed occasion, we renew our pledge of allegiance [bayat] to our honorable emirs and sheikhs: Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud, our beloved and wise sheikh Ayman al Zawahiri and…the emir of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan Mullah Haibatullah, may Allah protect them and support them,” Ghaly said.
Although some commentators have written off Zawahiri’s influence, Ghaly’s words underscore the fact that the elderly Egyptian ideologue continues to command the loyalty of jihadists around the globe. more …
Opinion: THEY‘RE BA-ACK … and Osama Bin Laden’s right hand man is still in charge.
It never stops amazing me to hear politicians talk about destroying terrorism. On May 1, 2011 Barack Obama said “Osama Bin Laden Is Dead and Al Qaeda Is On The Run”
Our current president Donald Trump vowed to “Crush ISIS and replace chaos with peace”
Wow, is that above his pay grade.
Allow me to quote myself from the preface of Blood Feud:
“There has never been, nor will there ever be again, another conflict like the one between Israel and her neighbors.
The conflict is from time immemorial. It is the cause of all terrorism in the world today and it will not be solved by mere men.”
In 2013 a World Net Daily’s post caught my eye “Mali: A Staging Area for Europe” (here)
“Recent attacks by Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb in northern Mali may well represent an overall strategy by al-Qaida central – headed by Ayman al-Zawahiri – to build a stage in northern Africa to launch attacks into Western Europe. Initial reports showed indigenous Islamist radical groups attacking key cities in Mali, an escalation of violence that prompted France to commit special forces to route them.
Mali was once a French colony. There are many Muslim Malians residing in France making such a threat possible.”
That was two years before significant Islamic attacks began to take place in France.
January 7-9, 2015 – a mass shooting at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, carried out by Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, two Islamist gunmen who identified themselves as belonging to Al-Qaeda in Yemen. A third Islamist gunman and close friend of the Kouachi brothers, Amedy Coulibaly was responsible for two shootings and a hostage taking at a Hypercacher kosher market. 12 dead, 11 wounded.
November 13-14 – single deadliest terrorist attack in French history. Multiple shooting and grenade attacks occurred on a Friday night; among the locations targeted were a music venue, sports stadium and several bar and restaurant terraces. 90 persons were killed during a siege at an Eagles of Death Metal concert inside the Bataclan. 130 dead, 368 wounded.
July 14, 2016 – A 19 ton cargo truck was deliberately driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The driver was Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a Tunisian resident of France. 86 dead, 434 wounded.
Peace will only come when the Prince of Peace returns, Revelation 20:1-2.