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Monday, July 26, 2010

Update: Sarkozy confirms AQIM Murders Hostage Michel Germaneau

Last night, AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) claimed to kill French hostage Michel Germaneau after a failed Malian-French rescue mission last week.

In an address on French television this morning, President Sarkozy confirmed the fact and expressed his solemn regrets and a "promet de représailles" (promise of reprisals).

He added: "Le crime contre Michel Germaneau ne restera pas impuni." (The crime against Michel Germaneau will not go unpunsihed.)

The French retiree was 78. All he wanted was to help others less fortunate.

AQIM, on the other hand,  fuelled by the drug trade, acts with impunity in the lawless Sahel of sub-Saharan Africa.

International terrorism and the global, illicit narcotics trade cross paths in the Sahel. The crash of a Venezuelan cargo plane last year points to a terrorist aviation network for this purpose.

Mr. Germaneua´s tragic death is but a reminder of the dire threat Al Qaeda and its allies represent to the civilized world.

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