Last weekend we reported that two UK planes
were going to be used to aid the French on a 'mission' to Mali. That mission was to push back Islamist rebels. Francois Hollande, of France, insisted that his country had been asked to enter Mali, by its leader. Help was needed to stop the rebels pushing on any further. Mali's military were reluctant to act without assistance.Cameron maintained that there would be no 'UK' boots on the ground. It was going to be a quick and easy fight for the French. The UK was only going to offer a means to transport weapons and the like.Sound familiar? Both World Wars were going to be short affairs. It was also reminiscent of when the Afghan leader, years ago, asked Russia to aid the country's efforts to rid Afghanistan of the Mujahadeen. The West held its hands up as one and condemned Russia. After all America was training and arming the Mujahadeen and had a vested interest in their rise to power.
Some even belive that in his early days Bin Laden
was funded by America.These underhanded double dealings tend to have a way of biting back. The Mujahdeen became the Taliban. Became the enemy of the West. Having unleshed a trained military band of rebels the West was now on the other side.The situation in Mali has rapidly escalated. Deaths were reported on TEK early this week. They included civilians. French forces deployed heavy attacks but will now face the wrath of the rebels, if they do not succeed further.
An alleged revenge attack by a group of rebels in Algeria has spread the conflict. It is claimed to be part of reprisals against the French action in Mali. Sky News
reports that, 'An Islamist militant group has claimed to have kidnapped up to 41 foreign nationals - including seven Americans and an Irishman in a dawn raid on the gas facility part-operated by BP, Algerian state oil company Sonatrach, and Norway's Statoil in Algeria.
' The US and UK look set to become embroiled in a new conflict,
as news of an attack on this BP oil plant has resulted in kidnaps.A short time ago CNN reported on the 'pickle' the US is in right now. 'As Islamists in northern Mali threatened to "open the gates of hell," the United States is navigating one tricky quandary: how does it help in the battle against the militants without violating its own policy? U.S. policy prohibits direct military aid to Mali because the fledgling government is a result of a coup'.Don't you find those words almost laughable. It will not of course stop the US. They will inveigal others to their dirty work if need be. They have supported so many rebels in the past, although mostly this has been by covert means. The cowards way.Cameron will hope for a few 'brownie' points if he runs to the aid of the US. Brits may feel differently. We have no stomach for more costly conflict, when the Condems are cutting away at British society, to help the elusive 1%. They may maintain their aim is to cut the deficit but in reality that is not the case. If it were there are easier ways available to them. Yes, we must not forget that there are kidnap victims at stake now, but that has not prompted fast action from the UK government in the past.
Thursday Cameron is to chair an emergency meeting of COBRA, Cabinet Office briefing room A, which is used in times of emergency.Since the Arab Spring of 2011, partly instigated and controlled by the West, the Middle East has become a hot-bed for Islamic activists. For the West any involvement is always about oil. Nigeria
has seen the advance of rebel group Boko Haram, another Islamist miltant group.So, who are the rebels in Mali. Mali gained independence from France in 1960. According to the BBC,
The three main Islamists groups in Mali are Ansar Dine, Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao) and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim).
Of the three, Ansar Dine is the only genuine home-grown movement, led by renowned former Tuareg rebel leader Iyad Ag Ghaly.
Its objective is to impose Islamic law across Mali and its full name in Arabic is Harakat Ansar al-Dine, which translates as "movement of defenders of the faith".
In contrast, Aqim - the north African wing of al-Qaeda - has its roots in the bitter Algerian civil war of the early 1990s, but has since evolved to take on a more international Islamist agenda.
It emerged in early 2007, after the feared Algerian Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) aligned itself with Osama Bin Laden's international network.
The group has since attracted members from Mauritania and Morocco, as well as from within Mali and its neighbours, such as Niger and Senegal
Rebel group Aqim has a reputation for capturing westerners for ransom. It wants to 'free' mali from the French. Totally. It wants to spread Islam. It includes foreign fighters. There are claims that it helped train the terror group Boko Haram.'Militant group Katibat Moulathamine - "The Masked Ones - has reportedly claimed that one of its affiliates is responsible for the attack, and that five foreign nationals are being held in a factory on site, and 36 others in their living quarters.'
We are wondrring about all of the rebels the West has helped to power, in Libya, Egypt and in currently in Syria. The situation remains volatile. Updates as available.More Here
has been in the headlines again this week, but as usual for all the wrong reasons. With foreign forces committed to withdrawing from the country by the end of 2014 time is running out. If things do not drastically improve it will looks as if the loss of life and money spent will have been for nought. Casualty reports in the last few days have been grim reading: "KABUL, Afghanistan (Oct. 25, 2012) -- An International Security Assistance Force service member died following an insurgent attack in western Afghanistan today.MoD announcementIt is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of Corporal David O'Connor from 40 Commando Royal Marines and Corporal Channing Day from 3 Medical Regiment on Wednesday 24 October 2012 while on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.Corporal O'Connor and Corporal Day were participating in a patrol with C Company, 40 Commando to conduct low level training with the Afghan Local Police. While en route to conduct that training, the patrol came under small arms fire near the village of Char Kutsa. As a result of the engagement Corporal O'Connor was fatally injured alongside his colleague and patrol medic, Corporal Day.Corporal O'Connor was born on 16 June 1985 and lived in Havant, Hampshire with his mother. He joined the Royal Marines on 13 May 2002. Corporal Channing Day was born in Swindon, Wiltshire on 12 March 1987. She grew up in Newtownards, County Down before joining the Army in 2005."Look online and the list od dead and injured is seemingly endless.
Too many wasted lives. Most are young people who had hardly begun to live yet. Others that bit older leaving behind families and loved ones. The US and UK death tolls now stand at 2144 and 435 respectively.Afghanistan has had yet another bloody week for civilians also.As Muslims celebrate a religious festival fanatics do not take time out. 41 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside of a Mosque in Northern Afghanistan. Afghan officials were inside the Mosque at the time.This year the deaths of foreign forces in Afghanistan are said to be slightly less. There have still been too many. Now it seems however that the insurgents are turning on their own. Afghans who are being trained to help Afghanistan in the period when coalition forces leave are a prime target.
Taliban rebels are infiltrating these groups of trainess when they can and launching attacks on the men they are working alongside.All in all a gloomy, picture which leaves you wondering what is the point of all of this? In fact what was the point if ever there was one?
Terrorist threats or BS?
Does anyone truly believe the war on terror is almost over? We may have made in roads into protecting ourselves and minimising terroist attacks but the war goes on. This week there has been news of an "underwear bomber". This makes this blogger wonder if soon we will all face strip searches at airports. More scary though are the suggestions that in time there will be terrorists who carry their weapon of destruction inside their body.
This may sound fanciful but it is a possibility. Most modern day terrorists care nothing for their own life. They are prepared to die as long as they can wreak havoc on those designated as their enemies. Whilst carrying some sort of explosive device or detonator inside your body right now may seem unlikely, due to the metal content and our current airport screening machines, it is not that far out of the realms of possibility.
The underwear bomber has shown that security is being tested constantly and new means of causing destructionare being tried all the time. Today, May 9, 2012, it has been announced that the so called underwear bomber was, or is, a double agent. US officials claim that the bomber wasdispatched by Yemen-based al-Qaeda to attack a plane bound for the USA. Little did this Al Qaeda group know that he was not what he seemed, or maybe they did?
He was in fact a double agent who had infiltrated the terrorist group. He reportedly left the group and made his way to CIA agents. In doing so he delivered them the bomb and thus vital information on the group and the latest bomb device.
The double agent hails from Saudi Arabia where he is now said to be safe and well. US intelligence have been looking into the Yemen Al Qaeda for some time and they knew there was a forthcoming plane bomb plot. Plots and counter plots appear to abound and it must be fair to assume that spying and intelligence units are in operation more than ever.More Here
Tags: Underwear bomber, Saudi plot, The Yemen, Al Qaeda
The Taliban Spring offensive has begun yet again. In spite of the foreign forces best attempts Afghanistan remains an unstable and volatile region. Today, April 15, 2012 both Afghanistan and Pakistan have experienced attacks by insurgents.
In light of the draw down of foreign troops the it will be much harder to counteract the terrorists.
Today April 15, 2012, around 400 prisoners have escaped from Pakistan prisons. Rocket propelled grenades accompanied by militants armed to the teeth soon freed the prisoners. All had al-Qaeda or Taliban links. One prisoner it was claimed was in prison for the attempted murder of the Pakistan former President.
Today's events in Afghanistan must be a cause for concern. There are reports that four suicide bombers struck in Jalalabd where US forces are stationed. At time of writing, 13.10, BST in the UK, there are reports that various embassies are under attack. The British, German embassies and Nato HQ in Kabul are being directly hit. A nearby US embassy is also under attack.There are also reports of the Japanese embassy being attacked.
It is fair to say that these attacks are coordinated and will have been in the planning stage for some time. Whether or not the situation has been aggravated bu the recent Koran burnings and civilian murders allegedly by SSG Bales is debatable. One thing seems certain and that is that the insurgents are still active and that this long war in Afghanistan is unable to fulfill its mission in spite of the hard work by troops.
As yet the list of dead and injured is not known.
Updates will follow as available.
Tags: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Taliban, Spring offensive, foreign forces, Al Qaeda, embassy attacks
The shooter of one adult and three children outside a French school,
and three soldiers in previous drive by shootings is this morning under siege. The man has been identified as Mohammed Merah, 24, a Frenchman of Algerian origin. He has reportedly admitted the killings claiming that they were carried out as revenge attacks to "avenge Palestinian children". He has also claimed that he belongs to al-Qaeda a.At time of writing there are reports of injuries sustained by two police officers during the siege. A fresh blast has also been heard. His siblings have also been questioned and one brother has been arrested. Interior Minister Claude Gueant said "Our main concern is to catch him and to catch him under such conditions that he can be brought to justice." He went on to say that, "The suspect claims to be a mujahideen and to belong to al-Qaeda," having visited Pakistan and Afghanistan on numerous occasions. " He wanted revenge for the Palestinian children and he also wanted to take revenge on the French army because of its foreign interventions."Early reports indicate that this man was already on the radar of police investigation the earlier deaths of soldiers. People will now be wondering why the investigation team did not act more quickly.Full story here updates to follow.