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Analysis: Without Belmokhtar,
jihadi networks would suffer

Reuters, by Myra MacDonald*

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Posted By:BuckeyeRon, 3/3/2013 5:04:35 PM

Nearly two years after the killing of Osama bin Laden, the death in Mali of Algerian commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar, if confirmed, would be a serious blow to al Qaeda´s efforts to recover its cohesion as a force for global jihad. Official sources question how far al Qaeda´s leadership is able to influence its branches in far-flung North Africa, arguing that an intensive U.S. drone campaign on its presumed haven in Pakistan´s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan has severely damaged its ability to exercise command and control. But Belmokhtar - whom Chad said its forces had killed in northern Mali on

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I hope the troops from France, Nigeria, Chad, Mali, and Niger skip the "analysis" and continue to make sure these networks "suffer" death...

*(Additional reporting by Hamid Shalizi in Kabul and Lamine Chikhi in Algiers)

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Crosscut, 3/3/2013 6:48:32 PM     (No. 9206468)

Sunday feel good story.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: iamtinman, 3/3/2013 7:25:30 PM     (No. 9206506)

Every time an al Qaeda leader is killed, the "Official sources" claim that they have inflicted a serious blow to the terrorists, but it´s becoming clear that the jihadists are decentralizing and spreading all over the globe. How many women, children, and innocent citizens have been killed by this presidents drone attacks, and how many new jihadists are created every time one of those attacks occur?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: horacer, 3/3/2013 8:45:39 PM     (No. 9206580)

If true that ´one eye´ and ´gray beard´ are dead this is a great opportunity. It needs to be confirmed asap. The battlefield tactical abilities of AQIM would be severely compromised. They would have little ability to launch guerilla attacks or counter attack. Double down in their elimination. I´d support a rapid insertion of American troops to drive them out. You´d deal a huge blow not only to AQIM but also to al-zawahiri. We need to take advantage of this if it´s true.

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