October 2, 2012

Obama's Secret Talks on al-Qaeda in Africa

Miller & Whitlock, Washington Post

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The White House has held a series of secret meetings in recent months to examine the threat posed by al-Qaeda’s franchise in North Africa and consider for the first time whether to prepare for unilateral strikes, U.S. officials said. The deliberations reflect concern that al-Qaeda’s African affiliate has become more dangerous since gaining control of large pockets of territory in Mali and acquiring weapons from post-revolution Libya. The discussions predate the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. compounds in Libya but gained urgency after the assaults there were linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM.

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TAGGED: Mali, Libya, Barack Obama, Africa, al-Qaeda, Algeria, AQIM

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