Al-Qaeda and Other Terrorist Groups Increasing in Africa
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Terrorism is on the rise across Africa as global terror groups, including al-Qaeda affiliates, continue to overtake local insurgent organizations and transform them into regional and international threats.
The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad began as a local movement in Northern Mali, but was successfully overtaken by The National Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa and al-Qaeda In the Islamic Maghreb, threatening countries and even entire regions. . Last year, the situation became so dire in Mali that the French led a military intervention from which the country continues to recover.
According to the State Department’s recently released “Country Reports on Terrorism 2013,” al-Shabaab, a Somali-based and now al-Qaida-linked group, continues to carry out attacks and threaten governments in Somalia and in countries, such as Kenya and Uganda, that support AMISOM – the African Union’s anti-terror military force. Last Fall al-Shabaab carried out a deadly attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and demanded Kenya withdraw its defense forces from Somalia. Because of al-Shabaab’s increased regional focus, East African governments are enhancing “domestic and regional efforts to bolster border security and create integrated and dedicated counterterrorism strategies” – efforts the United States should continue to support.