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AL QAIDA QUIETLY RELOCATES TO ALGERIA
MENL ^ | 11/27/03

Posted on 11/26/2003 8:40:09 PM PST by Mossad1967

LONDON [MENL] -- Al Qaida operatives have been relocating to the southern Sahara Desert in Algeria and have prepared secret bases near the border with Mali.

Western intelligence sources said the Al Qaida effort was detected in early 2003 and has been aided by the Salafist Brigade for Combat and Call. They said the Salafist leadership has provided Al Qaida with hideouts and logistics in the mountain region.

"The area is ideal for Al Qaida training and command functions," an intelligence source said. "The area is isolated and is located along the border with Mali, where there is no trace of government control."

The sources said the Al Qaida operatives use the Sahara as a base to move into neighboring countries as Libya and Mauritania. The focus of the Al Qaida presence is the Mali desert near the Algerian border.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: africa; algeria; alqaeda; alqaedaalgeria; combatandcall; gia; gspc; libya; mali; mauritania; nafrica; northafrica; salafist; salafistbrigade; sbcc; sbfcac; sbfcc
Time to send a message to the Sahara!!!
1 posted on 11/26/2003 8:40:10 PM PST by Mossad1967
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To: Mossad1967
You can run...
2 posted on 11/26/2003 8:42:00 PM PST by Ramius
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To: Ramius
Anybody got a map?
3 posted on 11/26/2003 8:52:08 PM PST by Ethyl
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To: Mossad1967
Imagine, using algiers as a base!
4 posted on 11/26/2003 8:54:59 PM PST by mylife
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Hey France, Heads up!
5 posted on 11/26/2003 8:56:32 PM PST by mylife
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To: Mossad1967
mooooovin on bump!
6 posted on 11/26/2003 9:02:05 PM PST by txhurl (MOABs now.)
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To: Ethyl

7 posted on 11/26/2003 9:03:57 PM PST by mylife
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To: mylife
Play It Again Sam! Here's look'in at you Babe. Best lines Bogey ever uttered. It was Algiers wasn't it?

Here's look'in at you Osama! Mud in you eye! Set a round for the house Sam.

8 posted on 11/26/2003 9:04:09 PM PST by HardStarboard (Dump Wesley Clark.....he worries me as much as Hillary!)
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To: Mossad1967


9 posted on 11/26/2003 9:04:20 PM PST by armymarinemom (I Rocked the Cradle of Death from Above)
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To: Mossad1967

10 posted on 11/26/2003 9:04:49 PM PST by Hazzardgate
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Glad to see some dont limit all this to the middle east
11 posted on 11/26/2003 9:08:55 PM PST by mylife
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To: Mossad1967
I see another place to test a MOAB....
12 posted on 11/26/2003 9:11:15 PM PST by stylin_geek (Koffi: 0, G.W. Bush: (I lost count))
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To: mylife
France has been invaded by Algerians for about 30 years....I was there in 1976-77 (Christmas/New Years) and my relatives talked about it then....
13 posted on 11/26/2003 9:12:41 PM PST by goodnesswins (Aren't you glad you LIVE IN THE USA?)
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To: goodnesswins
France has been invaded by Algerians for about 30 years....I was there in 1976-77 (Christmas/New Years) and my relatives talked about it then....


yes yes It was worse in 84 ...and Im afraid has escalted since
14 posted on 11/26/2003 9:15:00 PM PST by mylife
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To: goodnesswins
As I ?understand? it, Algierian terrorism (and the fallout) is the main reason the French populace refuses any international meddling. Even to their demise.
15 posted on 11/26/2003 9:19:45 PM PST by txhurl (MOABs now.)
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To: mylife
...and Im afraid has escalted

escalated since.. You knew what I meant

16 posted on 11/26/2003 9:20:37 PM PST by mylife
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To: All
If Al-Qaeda is planning on setting up shop in Algeria, it may not work to their advantage. Algeria is a country in turmoil due to their civil war.

However, the Algerian security forces have a particularly brutal (and efficient) way of doing business with Islamo-fascists.

Last time I checked, tens of thousands of Algerians suspected of working for or with the Salafists or the Armed Islamic Group ended up dead or disappeared. This has happened since 1992.

The Algerian govt is really not big on prisoner rights or legal due process. I don't think they're gonna look to favorably toward more armed malcontents moving into their country.
17 posted on 11/26/2003 9:21:31 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: Mossad1967
Boom!
18 posted on 11/26/2003 9:23:06 PM PST by SeeRushToldU_So (Libs want to take my money, my guns, and my land....then sodimize me.)
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To: armymarinemom
Looks damn close to Niger.
19 posted on 11/26/2003 9:24:08 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: Mossad1967
Perfectly logical where Islamic Insanity is concerned...

AL GERIA + AL QAIDA = AL DEATH !!!

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20 posted on 11/26/2003 9:50:54 PM PST by GeekDejure ( LOL = Liberals Obey Lucifer !!!)
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To: Dog; Dog Gone; Coop; swarthyguy; Peach; FairOpinion; JustPiper; ganeshpuri89; Jacob Kell
Just wanted to make sure you guys saw this.

The GSPC (and its predecessor, the GIA) is a wholely-owned affiliate of al-Qaeda and as such it makes perfect sense that the two would be working together. Al-Qaeda helps GSPC out with its war and al-Qaeda gets a safe haven far away from the eyes of Western intelligence agencies (or so they think, anyway). The GSPC runs a government-in-exile in Niger and tried to target the US embassy in Mali in addition to formally merging with al-Qaeda last month.

Al-Qaeda also appears to have a number of vested interests at stake in both North and West Africa. They tried to overthrow the dictator of Mauritania over the summer and have ties to Burkina Faso (as well as to Liberia back when it was under Taylor) and one of the Ivory Coast rebel groups.

My only question is who of the senior leadership is running the show there.
21 posted on 11/26/2003 9:56:58 PM PST by Angelus Errare
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To: Mossad1967
Algeria. Oh great. French-run cesspool from hell. Yippee. The only bright spot about this is if we go in and drain the swamp we can make the French madder than ever (which is not without its charm). But I just know we'll dawdle and twiddle, hem and haw, clear our throats and send it to committee, spin round in our swivel chairs while developing developments develop.... geez... sucky.
22 posted on 11/26/2003 10:17:05 PM PST by wizardoz ("They're not Americans; they're Democrats." -NetValue)
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To: wizardoz
The disadvantage to the west...is that its only 8-hour small speed boat ride to the French coast...and you can dump off 4 terrorists for operations. It is virtually impossible to monitor traffic going between north Africa and Europe.

The advantage to the west...Algeria is a totally open country from the south...and it'd be awful easy for special operations folks to walk in...kill 20 Al Qaida dudes and walk out. No one would notice anything. It wouldn't surprise me if we sent out golden invitations to move into Algeria...its the best place to conduct quiet counter-terrorism operations.
23 posted on 11/26/2003 10:23:08 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: HardStarboard
Nope -- as you might guess from the title of the film, it took place in Casablanca. :)

Nitpick: Also, Bogie never actually said "Play it again, Sam." The line was, "If she can take it, so can I. Play it, Sam." And the other line, iirc, was, "Here's looking at you, kid."

24 posted on 11/26/2003 10:48:11 PM PST by Brandon
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To: Angelus Errare
Would have missed this entirely without ping; thanks.

Most interesting and your synopsis had better info than the article.
25 posted on 11/27/2003 5:25:26 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: mylife
Whaddya mean "heads up"? I wouldn't be surprised to find that france is supplying AQ with weapons.
26 posted on 11/27/2003 5:34:10 AM PST by freeangel (freeangel)
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To: Mossad1967
"The area is ideal for Al Qaida training and command functions," an intelligence source said. "The area is isolated and is located along the border with Mali, where there is no trace of government control."


The learning curve is steep, and many Al Qaida will die before they realize setting up camps in isolated areas is just where we want them. As someone else pointed out. If they are so isolated, they can be taken out without anyone knowing it was us that took them out.

If we are reading these details here on this forum, I have to assume this administration also has this information as well as much more.

Will we ever know all of the action taken fighting this group, most likely not in my life time, but I firmly believe President Bush when he said he will take the war to them rather then wait for them to bring it to us.

27 posted on 11/27/2003 5:37:11 AM PST by CIB-173RDABN
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To: Mossad1967
Time to pound some sand.
28 posted on 11/27/2003 5:41:06 AM PST by New Horizon
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To: Mossad1967
Thanks for the introduction to www.menewsline.com. Seems to be a professional operation located in Israel, which will give us, I am certain, a bit different perspective than what we recieve through the American Media Spin Machines.
29 posted on 11/27/2003 5:52:04 AM PST by ImpBill ("America ... Where are you now?")
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To: Mossad1967
Now the French will want to get involved!
30 posted on 11/27/2003 6:05:46 AM PST by Nakota
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To: Brandon
Hey; I was in the right hemisphere wasn't I? right continent too!
31 posted on 11/27/2003 11:59:34 AM PST by HardStarboard (Dump Wesley Clark.....he worries me as much as Hillary!)
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To: mylife
In Algeria's defense, it had been invaded by France for 110-odd years.
32 posted on 12/09/2003 2:47:00 AM PST by zimdog
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