Saturday, January 19, 2013

France the Islamist target of the day

 Mali-based Islamists pledge attacks on French soil: Malian soldiers continued to struggle against well-equipped rebels, who on Monday wrestled away control of the central town of Diabaly, according to French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. “We knew that the key spots would be towards the west… where the most important fighting is going on today,” Le Drian told French BFM television. 

 Also on Monday, Islamists vowed to strike back at France. "France has attacked Islam. We will strike at the heart of France," Abou Dardar, a leader of Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), one of the Mali-based groups with ties to al Qaeda, told the AFP news agency. Asked where attacks would take place, Dardar said: "Everywhere. In Bamako, in Africa and in Europe." 

Now we know where the majority of Al Shabab went when they left Somalia. African Union troops now in control of Kismayo and Al Shabaab

"France has attacked Islam. We will strike at the heart of France," said Abou Dardar, a leader of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao), an offshoot of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

European intelligence officials say last year they saw evidence that some jihadists from Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen were looking to move on because of pressure from drone strikes and other interventions, and that Mali (along with Syria) was a top destination. 

In the beginning of last year: Somalia conference opened with Al-Shabaab under pressure: Ahead of a key international conference on beleaguered Somalia, transitional government forces, backed by Ethiopian allies, seized a key southern town that was once a strategic stronghold for Islamic militants.At the United Nations, meanwhile, the Security Council voted unanimously to increase the African Union force in Somalia from 12,000 to 17,731 troops.  It worked!

The town of Baidoa fell into government hands, said Mohamed Ibrahim Habsade, a Somali member of parliament and an officer leading the fight. Baidoa lies on a key commodities route, and last year, global aid agencies flew in emergency supplies to the town to help thousands of hungry Somalis fleeing drought-ridden areas. Al-Shabaab militants abandoned the town in fear as government troops closed in.

Then: Somalia al-Shabab militant base of Baidoa captured: Ethiopian and Somali troops had taken a strategic stronghold of Islamist militants in south-western Somalia.Eyewitnesses told the BBC that about 50 vehicles, including some 20 tanks, had entered Baidoa, which was not defended The BBC's Mohamed Dhore in the capital, Mogadishu, said Baidoa was the most important al-Shabab base after the southern port of Kismayo

.Al-Shabab, which has  joined al-Qaeda, confirmed that it had withdrawn its forces.
Then: Airstrike Targets Al Shabaab, Air strikes pummeled Somalia's southern region on killing six. Among the dead were two leading foreign Jihadists and four of their Somali comrades. The strike came a day after international leaders met in London to discuss boosting efforts against instability in Somalia. 
 The attack was launched against the Islamist militant group, al Shabaab, who largely controled the southern region of the country. The aerial attack took place in the Lower Shabelle region, when unidentified warplanes targeted cars with militants inside. Somali intelligence officials said the foreigners killed in the attack were a Kenyan and an Egyptian.

Shabab had finally been humiliated so no surprise Zawahiri said Somalia's Shabab joined Qaeda: video
African Union: Somalia's al-Shabab Being 'Systematically Destroyed':Zawahiri says Somalia's Shabab joined Qaeda:

Somalia's extremist Shabab fighters have joined ranks with Al-Qaeda, the terror network's chief Ayman al-Zawahiri announced in a video message posted on jihadist forums. "I will break the good news to our Islamic nation, which will... annoy the crusaders, and it is that the Shabab movement in Somalia has joined Al-Qaeda," Zawahiri said."The jihadist movement is with the grace of Allah, growing and spreading within its Muslim nation despite facing the fiercest crusade campaign in history by the West," said Zawahiri in the video released by Al-Qaeda's media arm As-Sahab.:

That has worked well! It will not help Al Shabaab unless they leave Somalia and spread around the world as we said. They will now become another part of the head of the hydra! You can bet they have brought their fighting expertise to Mali and are part of the Jihadists attempting to overthrow the Government and defeat France.

Good luck to France and Mali!

Somalia is winning their long battle! I am impressed and really believe we stand a chance at defeating the Islamist extremism if only the entire world and every region where they flourish comes together and eradicates them.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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