Islamist Terror Groups Expand in Africa’s Power Vacuums

Islamist Terror Groups Expand in Africa’s Power Vacuums

African Islamist terrorist organizations have made headlines in recent weeks, with media outlets paying closer attention to terrorist networks operating on the continent after the Libyan government blamed the local Salafist jihadi group Ansar al-Sharia for the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Meanwhile, in response to plans for external military intervention in Mali, where Islamist guerrillas have seized control of the north of the country, one of the main Islamist commanders said that no matter the affiliation, all of the continent’s militant groups “have the same ambition, the application of Shariah.”

“Whenever there's an attack on one of us, it's an attack on everyone,” he said.

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