The four-day Algerian hostage crisis ended with the , and all the Salafist-jihadi kidnappers after Algerian special forces blasted their way into the sprawling Tigantourine gas complex and indiscriminately killed everyone in sight.
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Monday, January 21, 2013
ALGERIA SACRIFICES HOSTAGES TO KILL AL-QAEDA
By Chriss Street
In 2000, Algeria won a brutal decade long Civil War against rebel groups, which cost as many as 200,000 lives in the relatively small nation. Algeria is willing to suffer the rebuke of foreign governments over the loss of hostages, because they understand that the European and American intervention in neighboring Mali is the start of a war of attrition that with al-Qaeda that will spread across all of North Africa.
to join the war by sending financial and logistical support to 2000 Mali soldiers; 2300 French troops; and 5700 allied soldiers from Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso and Senegal. French Mirage war planes and Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopters have been bombing and strafing Mali Islamists for over a week to prevent the last quarter of the country from falling into the hands of the rebels. The United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Germany, Denmark and Belgium pledged transport aircraft to fly equipment into Mali.
AQIM has abandoned large-scale offensive and are assimilating among the indigenous population to use their superior knowledge of the terrain and guerrilla tactics to inflict casualties on their enemies. According to Stratfor Reports, the Jihadists:
A military coup in March led by American trained “Captain Sanogo” overthrew Mali President Toure. The speed of the advances by AQIM backed rebels had demoralized the army and created a humanitarian crisis involving 800,000 refugees. Sanogo was part of six “training missions,” conducted by U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton from 1989 to 2000. Over that period, the U.S. invested $1 billion in military training into Mali.
AQIM’s allies, 1.5 million member Sharan Tuareg tribe, for centuries survived in the Sahara by controlling trade in ivory, gold, salt and slaves. They fiercely resisted French colonialism and continue to demand independence. But as wrote:
and allows the country to be the world largest net exporter of electricity, with 3 billion euros in annual revenue. Most of the uranium to fuel the nuclear reactors comes from Mali, so France has much to lose if AQIM gains power and ejects French interests. But the military intervention is already being heavily criticized by former French Prime Minister Villepin. He complains the intervention is “ill thought-out” and “
Algeria understands that the Islamist strategy is to bleed and wear down the French and their allies over the long-term in order to reinstate an Islamic Caliphate that lasted for almost 800 years. France, the United States and Europe will find it much easier to get into a fight with these Salafist Islamic warriors, than ever getting out a winner.