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could this be the next Afghanistan? and the you got JN DHS home land mouth piece saying lone wolf threats are to be watched for, gee more spy on your neighbor BS, only if i get payed and armed will i, not likely, so then no will i. the gen, er news article goes on
AP Interview: US general sees Nigeria terror link
APAP – 1 hr 3 mins ago
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The top U.S. military commander for Africa says a radical Muslim sect operating in northern Nigeria may be trying to link with al-Qaida's African branch and the al-Shabab terror group of Somalia.
Gen. Carter Ham of the U.S. Africa Command told The Associated Press on Wednesday after a visit to Nigeria that there were "multiple sources" that showed that a sect known in northern Nigeria as Boko Haram wants to coordinate its efforts with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. Ham said there also were signs that the two terror groups wanted to also form a "loose partnership" with al-Shabab.
Ham said such a coordination "would be the most dangerous thing to happen not only to the Africans, but to us as well."
It remains unclear what formal links if any exist between al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, Boko Haram and al-Shabab.
oh no not the oil!!!!! wonder how many spins the MSM can put on this before we say go in and protect.
AP Interview: US general sees Nigeria terror link
APBy JON GAMBRELL - Associated Press | AP – 2 hrs 13 mins ago
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A radical Muslim sect responsible for assassinations and bombings across northern Nigeria may be trying to link with two al-Qaida-linked groups in other African countries to mount joint attacks in this oil-rich nation, the commander for U.S. military operations in Africa said Wednesday.
unfinished biz, pay back for black hawk down?
Gen. Carter Ham told The Associated Press that "multiple sources" indicate the Nigerian sect known as Boko Haram made contacts with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, which operates in northwest Africa, and with al-Shabab in Somalia.
in other words we need to go in and stop it before it gets out of hand
"I think it would be the most dangerous thing to happen not only to the Africans, but to us as well," Carter said.
note how oil is put first not people
Ham said there is no specific intelligence suggesting the groups plan attacks against U.S. or Western interests in Nigeria, but the nation is a major supplier of crude oil to the U.S. and is an economic hub drawing foreigners from across the world.
your enemy is my enemy therefore we are friends, we will fight as one then settle what is between us.
Ham's comments were the strongest official remarks on fears privately held by Western and Nigerian officials. However, it remains unclear what formal links, if any, exist between Boko Haram, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and al-Shabab. The three organizations have different ethnic roots and their objectives are not the same, but they are all Islamist militant groups.
history and a reminder of what a few can do
Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa language, came to prominence in 2009 when sect members attacked local police stations and government buildings throughout northeast Nigeria. The riots and ensuing security crackdown left 700 people dead.
more like new recruits in the last line (a prison break that freed more than 700 inmates)
Last year, the group began assassinating clerics and police officers. It also has engineered spectacular attacks, including the June bombing of Nigeria's federal police headquarters, the assassination of a prominent politician and a prison break that freed more than 700 inmates.
a new civil war? like Libya
Boko Haram seeks the implementation of strict Shariah Islamic law in the country. Nigeria, a nation of 150 million people, is largely split between a Christian south and Muslim north, where 12 states have a version of Shariah in place.
more of the same so what's new
Ham said it appears Boko Haram may be splitting with one section focused on domestic issues and another on violent international extremism.
get ready here they come when ???
"What is most worrying at present is, at least in my view, a clearly stated intent by Boko Haram and by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb to coordinate and synchronize their efforts," the general said. "I'm not so sure they're able to do that just yet, but it's clear to me they have the desire and intent to do that."
we have sen the plan but our hands are tied
Ham said that a "loose" partnership also would include al-Shabab. A suspected al-Shabab bombmaker now facing terrorism charges in New York was at one point detained by secret police in Nigeria. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, also known as AQIM, has issued statements in support of Boko Haram, and both use similar logos in communiques.
so who are they????
A recent video indicates that two men, a Briton and an Italian who were kidnapped in northwestern Nigeria, are being held by AQIM.
with what , move men and eq from where????
Ham met this week with Nigerian military and security officials during his first visit to the country as the head of the U.S. Africa Command, known as Africom and which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. Ham said the U.S. would be willing to share intelligence and offer training to Nigerian security forces.
we are getting a game plan together
"We have a lot of folks who are pretty good about taking multiple pieces of apparently disparate information and putting that in a way that can be useful to operational commanders in a very short period of time," the general said.
we know this and now your asking us or telling us we are going in? and some thought no big deal,
That assistance also could be used in Nigeria's south, if the country requests it, Ham said. There, criminal and militant gangs kidnap oil workers and middle-class Nigerians, while pirates attack vessels off the coast.