Mokhtar Belmokhtar Not Dead? – Report: Responsible For Mali Attack That Kills 19?…

Islamic militants waged yet another Islamic Jihad attack in North Africa.  The death toll has now climbed to 19 as the majority of the Western media still refuse to accept the resurgence of the centuries-old jihad.

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(Via Reuters) Islamist militants killed 19 people in an attack on a top hotel in the capital of Mali before Malian commandos stormed the building and rescued 170 people, many of them foreigners. Two militants were killed.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced the death toll and said seven people were wounded in the attack, which has been claimed by jihadist group Al Mourabitoun and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

Friday’s assault on the Radisson Blu hotel comes a week after deadly Islamic State attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Tha Mali attack was the latest in a series of deadly raids this year on high-profile targets in the country, which has battled Islamist rebels based in its desert north for years.

“Tonight the death toll is heavy,” Keita said on state television, declaring a 10-day state of emergency and three days of national mourning. The president, who cut a short visit to a regional summit in Chad, said two militants also died.

In a speech on the sidelines of a summit with Asian nations in Malaysia, U.S. President Barack Obama described the raid in Mali as “another awful reminder of the scourge of terrorism”.

“Once again, this barbarity only stiffens our resolve to meet this challenge,” he said. “We will stand with the people of Mali as they work to rid their country of terrorists and strengthen their democracy. With allies and partners, the United States will be relentless.”

The attack is a sharp setback for former colonial power France, which has stationed 3,500 troops in northern Mali to try to restore stability after a rebellion in 2012 by ethnic Tuaregs that was later hijacked by jihadists linked to al Qaeda.

It also puts a spotlight on veteran militant leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar, whose group Al Mourabitoun staged the attack months after he was reported killed in an air strike.

Minister of Internal Security Colonel Salif Traoré said the gunmen burst through a hotel security barrier at 7 a.m. (2.00 a.m. ET/0700 GMT), spraying the area with gunfire and shouting “Allahu Akbar”, or “God is great” in Arabic.

“At first I thought it was a carjacking. Then they killed two guards in front of me and shot another man in the stomach and wounded him and I knew it was something more,” said Modi Coulibaly, a Malian legal expert who saw the assault start. (read more)

Drapes soaked in blood lie on the floor of the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, November 20, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Drapes soaked in blood lie on the floor of the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, November 20, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Mokhtar Belmokhta(Via Reuters) If Islamist militant group Al Mourabitoun is confirmed as responsible for Friday’s killings at a hotel in Mali it will be the latest time it has staged a major attack despite setbacks and the supposed death of its leader.

Algerian Mokhtar Belmokhtar has been a key figure for years in insurgencies across North Africa and the Saharan border region, but in June authorities in Libya said he had been killed by a U.S. air strike there.

U.S. military officials said he was targeted, only for al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) to deny four days later that he was dead.

In a statement posted on Twitter on June 19, the group said he was “still alive and well and he wanders and roams in the land of Allah, supporting his allies and vexing his enemies”.

His group now claims to have stormed the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on Friday in a joint operation with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). At least 27 people have been reported killed and gunmen were still holding out against Malian commandos many hours later.

Al Mourabitoun has staged several attacks in Mali and the region, but Belmokhtar has had a troubled relationship with al Qaeda. His group has not pledged allegiance to Islamic State, as Nigerian militant group Boko Haram did in March.

One security source said the Bamako attack could serve to sway global attention to al Qaeda from Islamic State, which controls a swathe of Iraq and Syria and launched coordinated assaults a week ago in Paris in which at least 129 people died.

Al Mourabitoun “is an offshoot of al Qaeda, whose roots go back to the Algerian insurgency of the 1990s … Their strategy has been to launch these fairly dramatic attacks,” said Gregory Mann, professor of West African history at Columbia University in New York.

The group’s leadership is mostly from Algeria and Mauritania but it has flourished in Mali and drawn militants from other West African countries including Togo, Burkina Faso and Ghana, he said. (read more)

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49 Responses to Mokhtar Belmokhtar Not Dead? – Report: Responsible For Mali Attack That Kills 19?…

  1. Sentient says:

    Al Qaeda trying to remind everyone that they still exist after ISIS’ recent “successes”.

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  2. MaryfromMarin says:

    “We will stand with the people of Mali as they work to rid their country of terrorists and strengthen their democracy. With allies and partners, the United States will be relentless.”

    More lies. Lies upon lies. Hypocrisy and hyperbole to infinity.

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  3. seabrznsun says:

    AQ & ISIS are two arms of a multi-armed body.

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    • Sentient says:

      This article http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/03/what-isis-really-wants/384980/ – posted by zadatn on the thread about the UN resolution – was very interesting. It tells much about ISIS’ methods, but most importantly, the disputes between Muslims and the obligations upon Muslims that are beloved to arise from the mere existence of a modern-day caliphate.

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      • smiley says:

        they are consumed with insane blood-lust, into perpetuity.
        even if they achieved a “caliphate”, they’d STILL be warring & killing.
        its what they do.
        one of these fine days, their insanity will completely confuse them in battle, and they will start turning on each other.
        it is Written.

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        • stella says:

          It is the obligation of the caliphate to wage war, and to conquer the entire world. If the caliph ceases to wage war, he will not remain the caliph.

          ISIS opposes many other Muslims, considering them to be apostate. All of the Shiites are apostate, as well as the Taliban, and Al Qaeda.

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        • coltlending says:

          One of these days, they are going to acquire the means to kill or maim tens of thousands, perhaps accelerating in means to killing Millions in a surprisingly short span.

          At that point, they will have jumped the shark in so far as the blowback will come from the people in the country of the attack, not the government, and it will be the clash of civilizations.

          Sides will pair up. If the country has a significant Muslim population, it will be a long bloody battle.

          That’s why so called “moderate” Islam is essentially “militant” Islam.

          Why?

          Because up to now “Moderate” Islam has been incapable or unwilling to take out the bad actors in their midst. That is odd given, “moderates” are a supposed a majority.

          They may be unwilling because they are sympatico with the ultimate objective of the “Radicals”.

          Either way, it’s a zero sum game for West.

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        • georgiafl says:

          ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! Their insane blood lust and rage is fueled by both the ideology and its edicts as well as very strong drugs.

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          • georgiafl says:

            We have seen on a very slight level what drugs can do with the mindset, attitude, emotions, personality and behavior in the cases of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown.

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      • seabrznsun says:

        Very informative link. Thanks!

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  4. jakee308 says:

    Going to some countries is like dealing with a feral dog. The look tame and friendly but underneath it’s wild and unfriendly.

    Unless it’s business, I wouldn’t recommend anyone I loved to go over seas. Especially not decked out as a tourist and seeing all the tourist stuff because that’s who the feral target.

    Stay here we’re getting enough foreigners to get a good taste of what it’s like over there, here.

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  5. sundance says:

    A historical outline I happen to agree with:

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  6. coltlending says:

    This may seam barbaric, but is it getting to the point where we start working the war against these groups from the opposite direction?

    Rather then hunting the guys at the top and their staff, start taking out anyone, from the bottom-up, in their bloodline?

    I know the standard in the mob and in conventional war, family is off limits, but this is a type of war we have never seen before.

    There would be some innocent people taken out, but ultimately it would be far fewer then the scores of people the way things have been going.

    I think as family around these guys started to dissapear, the bloodline being removed from the earth, it might start making an impact on the heierarchy of these groups and their ability to procreate.

    On the other hand, in doing so, does it turn us in to what they are?

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    • Doodahdaze says:

      One thing is for sure. Even if all the Muslims are not terrorist enemy, all the terrorists are Muslims.

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    • wondering999 says:

      Your suggestion of attacking families turns us into the enemy. (Although we may already be there, given that our leadership has armed, supported and protected these people in various places.)

      From someone who spent over a decade working in Saudi Arabia, I am told that this is in fact done in Saudi; an entire family may be wiped out, end of story. No one in the West is interested, and people in Saudi know better than to investigate. Can’t give you a link for this, it is hearsay. But genocide does have a long history in the Middle East. Some are listed in this book: The History of the Armenian Genocide: Ethnic Conflict from the Balkans to Anatolia to the the Caucasus by Vahakn N. Dadrian. If you google “Maronite” and “Druze” you’ll come across a number of massacres in Lebanon, Syria.

      There has also been mass murder in Europe, but our university historians tend to focus on Western European ethnic violence exclusively, which gives their students a skewed view of the world. It’s not competent and I wish the educators would broaden their horizons to that their graduates could understand how the world works post-graduation, when they go to work for the government. Bet you she knows ALL ABOUT Hitler etc. but wonder how Marie Harf would do on a test of Middle Eastern history and tribal conflicts?

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      • coltlending says:

        We already are the enemy of Islam (as stated above, moderate or radical).

        The problem the West’s dealing with that.
        Particularly, the liberal West.

        North Korea is an example of the extinction of whole families when one fights to win at all costs.

        I saw a video of a group that did weekend get to get togethers and reinacted WWII military maneuvers with period equipment.

        In this segment, there was a WWII being interviewed about what it was like. I believe he was a Ranger.

        He credited the authenticity of the physical elements of the reinactment, but he said there is no way they could ever understand what it was like and the lengths you had to be prepared to go to assure the mission was completed.

        He went on to explain on many of the missions, the men were not expected to come back. Completing the mission was the only thing that mattered, even if they all perished.

        He went on to give an, first hand, what that meant.

        Dropped behind enemy lines, if you encountered anyone in the course of achieving the objective, man woman or child, you killed them. They didn’t have the luxury of taking them with them and they could not risk letting them go, no matter how much they may have wanted to.

        Wrap your mind around having to do that and living with it for the rest of your life.

        That’s all out war and that’s where we find ourselves.

        I think it was in Iraq, not sure which invasion, our soldiers came across civilian and let them go. They informed on the solders and the soldiers were killed. Their humanity killed them and with it the mission.

        The national and local governments of the large Western cities can’t keep all their people protected all the time.

        The leaders of these radical groups cannot keep their kin protected everywhere all the time.

        While the leaders of these “radical” groups may feel their kin are dispensable for the greater cause, some of their kin may have a problem with that.

        When you are prepared to go evil to meet evil, at that point their kin may actually be motivated to perform a real honor killing.

        As Donald Trump has so aptly stated, we don’t have a lot of time and right now we have a carousel of clowns in charge of protecting is.

        Of course I am not talking about the men who know what this fight takes. I’m taking about the politicians, primarily Democrat.

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        • coltlending says:

          I meant to add, what’s happening takes money. Evidently, primarily, Oil money.

          We don’t seem to be able or willing to take out those supplying the money.

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          • wondering999 says:

            coltlending — you are raising very uncomfortable facts that need to be addressed. I am working a lot of hours this weekend and don’t have it together to reply, but what you are saying does need to be talked about. I just don’t have the words today.

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        • JAS says:

          We have been the enemy of Islam for 1400 years. Nothing has changed. The solution to this problem is going to hurt, a lot. And most all people don’t have the stomach for this.

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    • peachteachr says:

      When the Israelis know who their attackers are, they destroy their homes. War is hell.

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      • Jett Black says:

        Has not proven to be a good idea. Bad visuals and just makes them all madder, like tapping a hornets’ nest with a stick–not enough to kill or even inconvenience them much, but enough to make them angry enough to attack in swarms.

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    • Jett Black says:

      Attacking families, unless they are supporting their terrorist family members, is clearly wrong and would not be an effective use of force. It would only render the Mooseslimes’ delusion that the West is crusading a fact. However, anyone and everyone supporting terror, needs to be a target. They are fighting a medieval war of attrition. Our “surgical” strikes and “law enforcement” approaches are mere pin-pricks to them.

      Shrub said “You’re either with us or you’re against us!” after 9/11/01. So the rules of engagement should have been, “If they ululate, we exterminate.” Any celebration or other show of support for or participation in terrorism should have immediately drawn a Specter Gunship or daisy-cutter. Anyone complains, tell ’em to complain to the terrorists, since they’re the ones who brought hell down onto their people. Shiite will stop PDQ.

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  7. KBR says:

    Who is the we and us in this statement? Where is this hunting taking place?
    I dislike the whole post. Military being hog tied for fear of collateral damage is one thing, but coming out with such a statement is quite another.

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  8. gaston says:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Mali_conflict
    good overall background. highest strategic importance for entire region and continent. note on right sidebar nations contributing by size of contribution

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  9. Doodahdaze says:

    I think that at least half of the Muslims are sympathetic with the butchers myself. For sure 25% are. We have at least 500,000 here already. But noooo, that is not enough for liberals. They want more.

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  10. feralcatsblog says:

    Why are Muslim terrorist murderers so often only called “militants”?

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  11. kallibella says:

    But we have to remember what Oevil had said about Al Qaeda: Osama is dead, GM is alive! AND in case we don’t get it through our thick skulls: ISIL is a JV team! “Contained.” “Neutralized.”

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  12. czarowniczy says:

    Whew, at least they weren’t Syrian refugees…
    If we take the figure that 1.6 BILLION of the world’s population are Moslems, and if only an itsy-bitsy 10% support violent jihad (and polls in various Moslem-heavy areas show more than that) we have more than enough available to cause serious problems. Closer to home, an estimated 12 MILLION Moslems live in the US (that’s this week – after the POtuS finished infecting us let’s see what those numbers will be) and if only a teeny-weenie 1% support violent jihad that’s 120,000.
    Of course once our guns and rights to vocally oppose having our throats slit are legislated away we will all be given the option to convert. Gotta keep those numbers up.

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    • TexasRanger says:

      Brigitte Gabriel Tears Into Muslim Woman Whining That All Muslims Are Portrayed Badly and Tells it Like it Really is.!

      Finally! For years all we hear is that Islam has been ‘hijacked’ and that most Muslims are peaceful people:

      And that matters to the 270 million people who have been killed in the name of Allah HOW?

      They estimate that some 15 to 25 percent of all Muslims are ‘Radical.’ Well here’s a real news bulletin that actually has meaning:

      Take Political Correctness and Throw it in The Garbage Where it Belongs.!

      Video Jun-18-2014

      25 percent of all Muslims are ‘Radical Islamic Muslim Refugee Invasion and Sharia Law. Evil Scourge of Humanity Muslim Religion Beliefs and Islamic Muslim Terrorist. Barack Hussein Obama Supports Muslim Brotherhood. Muslim Brotherhood Supports Islamic Terrorist Jihad Extremists Jihadist Islam beliefs and always ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) – ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant), and IS Islamic State Syrian Refugees and the Islam Muslim Religion. Islamic Jihad Hijra War Against Christians and the West.! Radical Islamic terrorist. Most Islamic Muslim Groups are either allied to al Qaeda or ISIS. Islam is not a religion it’s an evil ideology and the scourge of mankind.! 20 percent of all Muslims are ‘Radical.

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  13. Great Kabuki says:

    Never forget that the USA has actually been fighting these guys for well over 200 years. Our Navy was originally created to fight the Barbary pirates who operated out of Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli and various ports in Morocco.

    “Barbary” was short hand for “barbarians.” They terrorized ships of free nations in both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean. They not only stole the bounty, but usually enslaved the crews, (most often Christian) and ransomed them for tribute.

    This went on for thirty years until 1815 when President Madison sent a naval expedition to North Africa (that’s where the Marine Corps theme “To the shores of Tripoli” comes from) to defeat them.

    The Barbary wars ended that year. It is reported that over 700 Americans were taken hostage during that period.

    Isn’t it amazing that we had the will to defeat this barbaric enemy half way across the world without sophisticated aircraft, smart bombs, drones, Delta strike teams and satellites? Now we could do it in a flash and make the world safe for generations. But with the clowns-in-charge we clutch our pearls and ring our hands.

    Pathetic. 2016 can’t get here soon enough.

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  14. archer52 says:

    Bill Whittle nails it again.

    Twenty year intelligence failure. Liberals can be suicidal. I like that. But they want to take us with them!!!

    That I don’t like!!

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  15. peachteachr says:

    Today, Putin gave the French a puppy to replace their dog they lost in the raid. So how do you think that is going to play out in the world? smh Could Obama look any weaker? Maybe Sweet Baby James is free this weekend to sing You Got A Friend again cause ‘the road up ahead’ does indeed look hard.

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  16. CountryclassVulgarian says:

    And by the way, allahu Akbar does not mean “God is great”. It means THE (moon) god is great. The religion of hate does not worship or serve the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Creator of heaven and earth.

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  17. watcher says:

    The main problem in Europe with Muslim terrorists are the hundreds of no go zones. These zones give sanctuary and allow them to hide in plain sight.
    Western society accommodate Muslims because that is the way we were taught. But most Muslims have no intention to assimilate into the accommodating society, but will take our charity and treasure.
    They want to live in their own zones with their own schools, laws, and social standards.
    This in what is happening in America. They are breeding a generation of who knows what under our noses
    It kind of reminds me of Ferguson.

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  18. JAS says:

    In the meantime the world has sidelined Obama, which is just as well with him so that this crisis does not cut into his tee times.

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    • Jett Black says:

      It’s just as well for the world, too. Maybe not for the USA’s interests, but dayum, <0bum0 could mess up anything at huge costs of life and treasure. Sidelined is where he needs to be before he’s put away for good.

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