Hello Mali

buh bye Afghani

Here’s an interesting change in language from the NYT:

The French military assault on Islamist extremists in Mali escalated into a potentially much broader North African conflict on Wednesday when, in retribution, armed attackers in unmarked trucks seized an internationally managed natural gas field in neighboring Algeria and took at least 20 foreign hostages, including Americans.

…The gas-field attack… appeared to make good on a pledge by the Islamist militants who seized northern Mali last year to sharply expand their struggle against the West in response to France’s military intervention that began last week.

…In a statement sent to ANI, a Mauritanian news agency, they demanded the “immediate halt of the aggression against our own in Mali.”

…The statement, made by a group called Al Mulathameen, which has links to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the North African affiliate of Al Qaeda, claimed it was holding more than 40 “crusaders”

More: Interesting article in Stratfor.

11 Comments!

  1. Steve Skubinna
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 8:21 am |

    Uh, “Freedom Fighters,” please. Racists.

    Or as Jim Treacher would put it, “Not all Muslims assault, seize BP facility.”

  2. Posted January 17, 2013 at 8:54 am |

    Al Mulathameen translates loosely to “The Masked Men Brigade”. Just another bunch of murderous Islamic Fascist Thugs.

    Bet there’s not a “Hi Ho Silver” in the bunch of them.

  3. mojo
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 9:26 am |

    Yeah, let’s go get into a protracted desert war in Africa because France wants gas.

    How long until the Eiffel Tower gets targeted?
    Think any car-b-ques will break out?

  4. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 9:34 am |

    This blends in to my earlier comment on another thread. ALL of North Africa is coming unglued and that will end we Infidels playing by Cricket Rules. ALL pale face nations will be forced to play by *pick-up Football rules* (…w/o helmets an shoulder pads!!!!!…)

    A high risk? If Iran goes nuclear, we will all go nuclear. In a long war that will change everything we used to view as permanent civilizations…..

    Radical Islam Jihad will attempt (…again…) to kill or convert all of us. And, our responses can not be conventional. (…It will be The River War with jets, missiles and drones…and Churchill is still dead…)

  5. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 9:44 am |

    Wellp …
    the good part about war in Algeria/Mali,
    it won’t break anything of value.

  6. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 11:26 am |

    And none of the Euro nations has anything to logistically support much more than a battalion in such remote places.
    Request for the hated Americans’ help in 5…4…3…2…
    Great timing for the sequestration hit on the military eh? Especially with our efforts already spreading troops and assets thin around the globe, and lots of equipment 20+ years old and tired from war, squeezed maintenance budgets and closed production lines.
    OTOH, Commander Benghazi’s open support of the Muzzie Brotherhood and therefore al Qaeda, and his botching of so many relationships with erstwhile allies might result in his disinvitation to play. I’ll betcha if we could follow the bread crumbs, we’d find his fingerprints on some of the ‘insurgents’ weapons, esp. MANPADS.
    Clinton had one thing right over the years: calling Commander Benghazi Uhbama THE AMATEUR.
    Osama is dead, GM is alive and creating jobs in China, and Dear Leader’s prime concern is banning certain bits of metal to Save The Children destroying the Bill of Rights and ignoring the Constitution.
    Sufficient words of loathing escape me at the moment.

  7. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm |

    Yeah, Claire …
    “Islamist extremist” from the NYT is strange, innit?
    Reckon one of the editors has a townhouse in Paris or sumpthin’.

  8. Merovign
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm |

    If I have my financial conspiracy theories straight, France wants gold, not gas. Well, they want gas too.

  9. Fat Baxter
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 6:45 pm |

    Sigh…. So much sand, so much potential glass….

  10. JoeBandMember™
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm |

    Those two countries to the south of Algeria just made me say the N word in my mind, or what’s left of it.

    I’m a racer now. Mmmmm-Hmmm.
    Got any more o’ dem fried taters?

  11. ZZMike
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 11:23 pm |

    Fox News had a segment today of about a dozen video clips of Obama telling us that the terrorists have been defeated; bin Laden is dead; &c.

    Apparently, reports of their demise have been somewhat exaggerated.