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Friday, July 23, 2010

Daring French Raid in Northern Mali

Northern Mali is the suspected headquarters for Al Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb (AQIM).

On Thursday, France presumably tried to rescue hostage Michel Germaneau in the region after a death threat by his captors, according to press reports. Its success is unknown.

A host of west European countries including Spain, France, Austria, and even Switzerland have had hostages taken in the Sahel by AQIM. Its tentacles reach deep into these countries.

Spain is actually more in the sights of AQIM than France, according to J. Peter Pham in World Defense Review.

Jihadist expert María Amparo Tortosa Garrigós explains in Madrid's El País in an interview last December that AQIM is creating an ''Afghanistan in the Sahel,'' a dagger aimed right at the EU.

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