3 Terrorist Groups In Africa Worry US General

A top U.S. military commander for Africa says he is worried that three terrorist groups based in Africa are attempting to collaborate to coordinate attacks on the United States and other foreign targets.

General Carter Ham, head of U.S African command, AFRICOM, said on Wednesday that each of the three groups: al-Qaida in the Islamic Magreb, Somalia-based al-Shabaab, and Boko Haram in Nigeria “have very explicitly and publicly voiced an intent to target Westerners, and the U.S. specifically,” not only in the areas in which they operate but also to the United States.

According to Ham, his bigger concern is that the three are looking for ways to work together more closely.

He said, “Each of those three independently presents a significant threat not only in the nations in which they primarily operate, but regionally — and I think they present a threat to the United States.”

This was confirmed by the Defense Department officials later on Wednesday that a large car bomb detonated in August by Boko Haram militants had signature elements of the improvised explosives used by the al-Qaeda offshoot in the Sahel. Analysts suggest that the group had shared its tactics and techniques with the Nigerian terrorist organization.

Ham also expressed worry that some of Libya’s weaponry could fall into the hands of terrorists.

  1. Auth Reply

    – errrgghhh….i’ve heard time and time and time again from our east acfiran brethren, and even from some of our west acfiran brethren about how “loud” nigerians are – whether in speech, lifestyle or dress….and I personally find it aggravating, especially when at times it borders on insulting (though mwangi, you have not crossed gotten to that point…yet)The West has this image of Africa as a “quiet and subdued” continent huddled in its poverty-stricken corners presenting its undernourished hand to donors for a handout. Personally, I think one of the core values of Nigerians, that I have seen many more times than not amongst our people, is to spit in the face of such notions – much to the resentment of some of our other African brothers and sisters. This is not always done in a “loud” manner – we express our defiance of such notions through a number of means – fighting to be recognized for our hardwork in both the classroom and on the job, through our pens and recently, through the blogosphere. I agree with omosewa that we do have that drive to succeed and I may add that Nigerians refuse to remain in the “quiet” recesses of “African poverty.”

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