Benghazi, Mali, Algeria.

The attack on the Benghazi, the American embassy in Libya, was on September 11, 2012.  A week ago, France sent troops to Mali after Islamic militants moved toward the capital. Then, an Algerian oil field was attacked by Islamic militants who took hostages in a confusing situation that apparently has been resolved, although details are sketchy and people are still missing.

I hope someone’s paying attention, I hope somebody has their hand on the wheel. Regarding Benghazi, if you’re unfamiliar, a major part of the problem there is that it seems American intelligence either overlooked or ignored information on the growing threat there. As far back as April, 2012, incidents occurred that should not have been ignored or overlooked.

According to the State Departments “Country Reports, Africa Overview” even as far back as 2011, “2011 Terrorist Incidents: Mali experienced a significant uptick in terrorist activity during 2011, including kidnappings and hostages held on Malian soil. In the past year, AQIM (al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb) has expanded its area of operation to southern Mali, particularly along Mali’s northern border with Mauritania.”

The French have sent 2,000 troops into Mali, and are reportedly preparing to send 500 more. According to   a CNN story, Mali “…was one of the most successful democracies in Africa until last year when a coup toppled the president and Islamists capitalized on the chaos and established themselves in the north. There, they imposed a strict interpretation of Sharia law, banning music, smoking, drinking and watching sports on television. They also damaged historic tombs and shrines.” CNN. Hmmm… sounds all too familiar.

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2 comments on “Benghazi, Mali, Algeria.

  1. Trl says:

    It does sound familiar. Wow. I hadn’t put it all together – thank you again making me pause and think.

  2. joy says:

    Un peu en retard,l’affaire du MALI EST TRES COMPLEXE :.ENTRE LE NORD ET LE SUD ! nous avons un paysage différent , nos troupes françaises ont du mal à avancer ,surtout qu’il faut sécuriser le terrain pour que nos colonnes et nos convois militaires puissent progresser .La route est jonchée de mines ,de bombes .Les envahisseurs sont chassés progressivement GAO est libérée, ce soir c’est la ville de TOMBOUCTOU qui se voit libre Le nombre de nos soldats s’élève à environs 3000 hommes et resteront sur le sol malien jusqu’à ce que les troupes africaines prennent entièrement le contrôle du territoire en accord avec le PRESIDENT DU MALI Ce peuple qui asouffert pendant 9 MOIS les pires outrages mérite enfin la libération et de pouvoir vivre en paix .Quant à l’ALGERIE LE NOMBRE DE MORTS EST élevé.Ces personnes étaient là pour l”exploitation du pétrole donc pacifiques .Toutes les nationalités étaient représentées .Pour BENGHASI 4 américains ont étaient tués dont mrs l ‘ambassadeur .Bien sur qu’après on trouvera toujours quelque chose à redire : des incidents que l’on aurait du prendre au sérieux que plutôt à la légère ,mais avec des “SI ” on peut toujours refaire le monde et à ce moment là accusé tout le monde et personne.

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