Al-Qaeda On the Rise – Terror Group Is Carving Out Its Own Country in Mali

In campaign speech after campaign speech this year, President Obama frequently said some variation on the following line: “I said we’d refocus on the people who actually attacked us on 9/11, and today, al Qaeda is on the run, and Osama bin Laden is dead.”

If only it were true.

Al-Qaeda is reportedly carving out its own country in Mali.
The AP reported:

Deep inside caves, in remote desert bases, in the escarpments and cliff faces of northern Mali, Islamic fighters are burrowing into the earth, erecting a formidable set of defenses to protect what has essentially become Al Qaeda’s new country.

They have used the bulldozers, earth movers and Caterpillar machines left behind by fleeing construction crews to dig what residents and local officials describe as an elaborate network of tunnels, trenches, shafts and ramparts. In just one case, inside a cave large enough to drive trucks into, they have stored up to 100 drums of gasoline, guaranteeing their fuel supply in the face of a foreign intervention, according to experts.

Northern Mali is now the biggest territory held by Al Qaeda and its allies. And as the world hesitates, delaying a military intervention, the extremists who seized control of the area earlier this year are preparing for a war they boast will be worse than the decade-old struggle in Afghanistan.

“Al-Qaeda never owned Afghanistan,” said former United Nations diplomat Robert Fowler, a Canadian kidnapped and held for 130 days by Al Qaeda’s local chapter, whose fighters now control the main cities in the north. “They do own northern Mali.”

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  • “Al Quaida Defeated?” Now O will say some remnants have been resurrected sort of like those zombies in these pesky Dawn of the Dead movies!

    It’s all on you O voters! Happy New Year!
    P.S. You all better be brushing up on your Mandarin and fast!

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  • doc

    Wait for it, just wait for it…somehow this will be blamed on Bush and/or the republicans.

  • Economan

    One can be sure that the opposite is true of whatever comes out of this idiot’s mouth.

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  • obama has done for muslim terrorists the same thing clinton did for communists.

  • vicky

    More fall-out from Obama’s Libya war that never received Congressional approval. After Kadafi was defeated by Obama, who sided w/ the Jihadist “rebels”(think Benghazi), Al Queda remnants moved w/ a serious stock of Libya’s weapons to Mali & has been brutally enforcing Sharia law on the locals…killing Mali women who shake a mans hand, for example. We have a president who is literally ushering-in Islamist rule in places that would’ve never seen Islamist rule if not for Obama’s failed, but deliberate, policies. In short, Obama is a traitor & the consequences of his betrayal knows no bounds…see Mali.

  • Skandia Recluse

    The jihadies might own northern Mali, but it’s not because they have a fortress.

  • dunce

    Most of the weapons came from Libya as a result of our leader somewhere behind the curtain.

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  • stuart

    Al Qaeda is, indeed, on the run. There’s only one problem. They seem to be running in our direction.

  • freeinaz

    The religion of peace and brotherly love digs in like the cockroaches they really are.