NORTHERN MALI, January 17, 2013 – Call it ambivalence or apathy, but the jihadist insurgence in northern
Now following the January 10th attack by the Islamists on the
Thanks to French intervention, the world is suddenly paying more attention to a situation some people believe could pose far-reaching ramifications for increased terrorist activity in the West. As Oumar Ould Hamahar, an Islamist leader in
According to syndicated political columnist Charles Krauthammer, the African nation has become a “no man’s land.”
One thing the French mission in
The roots of what is happening today in
Umar’s Islamic beliefs were much the same as the Sharia law that have been instituted in northern Mali since a series of coups by Islamist rebels divided the country in March of 2012.
Though Umar was killed in an explosion in 1864, it wasn’t until 1893 that the French were able to finally defeat the jihadists. For the past 120-years,
In 1960 a nomadic group called the Tuaregs tried to establish their own state in
Today, as analyst Juan Williams points out, “
“Northern Mali is currently the largest al Qaeda-controlled space in the world, an area a little larger than
For ten months the Islamist rebels operated under the radar allowing them to establish a safe haven for Al Qaeda.
Awareness is growing but Islamic jihad in
As recently as the fall of last year indications were, so we were told, that Al Qaeda had for all intents been decimated. Less than half a year later we are learning that they may be stronger than ever. Perhaps not in the same form. Perhaps with a different strategy. But in whatever form and whatever the tactics, Al Qaeda remains a viable and powerful terrorist threat to reckoned with.
Islamic terrorism is a global cancer that the West often treats much the same way physicians battle the disease. We find the location, isolate it, operate on it and remove it. But while we are focusing on one area, another pops up that we don’t notice, only this time it is larger and even more dangerous. Eventually we yield. That battle is over and the disease wins. If the West is the patient, the Islamists have the patience.
There are further concerns for the French and other western European nations, however. It has been well documented that several countries including
Part of the reluctance by
The jihadists should have a distinct geographical advantage in northern
Only time will tell whether or not increased terrorism will become another aspect of the turmoil in Mali Strategically the threat of terrorism alone gives the Islamists a psychological edge. With the economic factors of a prolonged conflict, as well as the continued toll on human life for Western troops, we must find ways to be better prepared to deal with the situation.
We can no longer ignore the problem in northern
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