North Africa Militants Eye New Western Targets: Report
New concerns about al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 1, 2013 2:56 AM CST
This image from video provided by the SITE Intel Group made available Thursday Jan. 17, 2013, purports to show militant militia leader Moktar Belmoktar.   (AP Photo/SITE Intel Group)

(Newser) – Washington is growing increasingly concerned about groups like al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, once considered less of a threat than other branches. Following the attack on an Algerian gas plant that killed dozens, north African militant groups are on the hunt for new Western targets, US officials tell the Washington Post. Thus far, the officials call the effort "aspirational"; intelligence hasn't pointed to an individual plot taking shape. Moreover, the threat is largely regional: "Most of these groups have no capacity" to attack in the US.

Meanwhile, officials offered a clearer picture of the gas plant attack. They fear that at least one Canadian national may have been involved, but they note that knowledge is limited in the area—compared to, say, Pakistan or Yemen. "We simply do not have the resources, the footprint, the capabilities we have in other theaters," says an official. But steps like a new drone base in Niger could help change that. Militant leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar headed the gas plant attack; he runs a group that recently broke from AQIM and is "very focused on attacking Western interests," says another US official.

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reallybig
Feb 2, 2013 12:00 AM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD ........ Obama, Biden, and Hillary positively said, "Al-Qaeda was decimated, and on the run." --- Will somebody tell those "dumb-f__ks" ... that Al-Qaeda is running through Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Niger, Morocco, Chad, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Lebanon, Sudan, Mauritania, Iraq, Yemen, Tunisia, Mali, Jordan, Algeria, Somalia, Syria, and half of Africa and Asia, and heading towards Europe, and then the Americas. The whole Islamic world is erupting in chaos and violence, and America is led by Obama who hasn't got a clue on what the "f__k" is going on. --- Obama still is what he was, and what he was he still is, (a failed lawyer and a failure as a man). --- Never in the history of the world has a leader been so ignorant, and clueless in what is actually going on in the world. --- Kim Jong Un is smarter than Obanma, and he's an idiot. ------------- REALLY
Trixielolo77
Feb 1, 2013 10:53 PM CST
Dear followers of Islam, get your fucktard friends or fellow followers of Islam in line! It's shit like this that gives Islam a bad name over and over and over again. Someday, somewhere they will ban Islam because too many psychos are being produced from the effects of reading the Quran!
HANKHILL
Feb 1, 2013 5:56 PM CST
ayatolloh barak hussein obama has to send them tanks and jets first! FUBO! FUBAR!