With recent reports of staggering losses inflicted upon the Boko Haram insurgency at the hands of the Nigerian Joint Task Force begs the questions. Is Boko Haram done? Is this the first target for FOB Niger? And more over, is it still leaderless? Since May 15th 2013 Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathon issued a state of emergency in 3 northern states of Adamwa, Yobe, and … [Read more...] about Is This The Death Knell For Boko Haram?
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AQIM beliefs are simple: Overthrow the Algerian government and institute an Islamic State, to which they have entered into insurgency operations within Algeria and the surrounding Sahara. Part 2: The Players AQIM founded in 1998 and has known affiliations with Al Qaeda, along with suspected strong ties to the Al-Shabaab jihadist group operating within Somalia and the … [Read more...] about Where The Drones Sleep: FOB Niger Part 2
He goes by so many different names. Khalid Abu al-Abbas, Abu Khaled Bal’ ur, and “Laaouar” or “The One-Eyed” in Arabic. But most know him as Mokhtar Belmokhtar, or “MBM” within Pentagon circles, and "Abu Khaled" in Al-Qaeda’s central command. He also is one of the most ruthless and dangerous terrorist leaders in the Maghreb. Mokhtar was born on June 1st, 1972 in the capital … [Read more...] about Faces of the Maghreb: HVT “The One-Eyed” Mokhtar Belmokhtar
Part 1: The Big Picture. Little is known about the West African country of Niger or its history. But with the ink barely dry on a Washington Post report about a new Status Of Forces Agreement (SOFA) being drawn up. And New York Times article reporting a new drone base being planned for the capital city of Naimey manned by U.S. military personnel. What do we … [Read more...] about Where The Drones Sleep: FOB Niger Part 1