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.