Last week, the brutal incompetence of our president, and secretaries of state Clinton and Kerry revealed itself in a country we once controlled at the great cost of American lives. Obama and his inept band of state department flunkies, headed by the most inept of them all, Hillary Clinton, failed to secure a status of forces agreement in Iraq. As a result, men flying the flag of al Qaeda have taken over the streets of Fallujah.
Today, USA Today published an alarming article warning of the increasing spread of al-Qaeda…the Islamic fundamentalist terrorist group that just a few months ago Obama said was “on the way to defeat.” He was lying. We are now facing a rapidly growing and spreading “leaderless jihad.”
USA Today reports,
BEIRUT — The death of leader Osama bin Laden did not end the spread of al-Qaeda, say analysts. It may have even helped it.
The chaos of the Arab Spring revolutions, al-Qaeda’s shift to a more bottom-up structure and a perceived pullback of U.S. influence in the Middle East are behind the spread of America’s No. 1 enemy in the world, say several analysts who study the core group in Pakistan and affiliates who swear allegiance to it.
The latest and most stark example came this week in Iraq, where al-Qaeda militants seized control of government buildings and districts of Fallujah and Ramadi, cities that were liberated from jihadist control by American troops during the Iraq War.
“This is a very worrisome development for the entire region,” says Aviv Oreg, former head of the Israel Defense Force’s military intelligence on al-Qaeda and global jihad.
The killing of bin Laden in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, by a team of Navy SEALs ended the threat from the man who orchestrated the 9/11 attacks, which killed more than 3,000 Americans, and other terror bombings in the Middle East.
But it did not represent the end of al-Qaeda. The Islamist terror group that bin Laden formed in the early 1990s to rid the Middle East of Western influence and usher in global Islam based on his stringent Wahhabist beliefs has spread and notched notable successes recently.
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In Algeria, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has conducted several attacks, including on a gas plant in January 2013 that left more than 35 hostages dead. Somalia’s al-Shabab controls swaths of the country and threatens to retake the capital despite the efforts of an African force backed by the Pentagon.
In Yemen, the central government, aided by the U.S. military, has been battling al-Qaeda militants across several provinces since 2010. Ansar al-Din extremists captured the entire north of Mali in 2012 and were dislodged only after invading French troops arrived.
Forces aligned with Ansar al-Sharia are accused of taking part in the Sept. 11, 2011, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing four Americans including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and the Jabhat al-Nusra Front have taken over parts of northern Syria during the country’s civil war. In Lebanon, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham are accused of recent car bombings and suicide bombings.
Katherine Zimmerman, senior analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, says one main reason for al-Qaeda’s spread is its shift from an organization that was run from the top to a collection of loose affiliates that act as they see fit.
Once Osama was dead Obama stopped paying attention. Al Qaeda knows there’s a weakling in the White House who’s afraid of a muscular foreign policy. They see the disaster that is the policies of the U.S. State Department and they fully plan to take advantage of it.