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Pentagon: Niger attack video shows terror group’s ‘depravity’

U.S. Defense Secretary General Jim Mattis

NEW YORK–– The U.S. Pentagon on Monday said a graphic video captured by the helmet camera of one of the US soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger highlights the Islamic State group’s depravity.

Footage of the video was released by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group this week.

The U.S. Defense Department “is aware of the alleged photos and IS propaganda video from the October 4, 2017, terrorist attack in Niger.  The release of these materials demonstrates the depravity of the enemy we are fighting,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

Jihadist and international Islamic terrorist groups are waging massive wars in West Africa with the intent of establishing the Islamic States throughout the sub-region.  Groups such as Boko Haram in Nigeria and AQIM in Mali and other parts of the Sahel region are said to be on the offensive.

According to global intelligence sources, there are plans by supporters of IS to infiltrate Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo as well as Burkina Faso with the view of making those countries adhere to Sharia Law.

The countries named are considered to have weak security systems and fragile political conditions.

According to unconfirmed sources, few wealthy merchants and sponsors of groups like Hezbollah are eager to support certain sub-Sahara African individuals for political leadership in several West African nations.

Recently, the U.S. government identified few businesses in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia and several sub-Sahara African nations with ties to global terror groups, including Hezbollah.

Click the link to read more details about business identified as having ties to terror groups’ financing.

International intelligence sources are currently monitoring the activities and interactions of certain political actors and candidates for political offices in several West Africa nations in relations to countries that are alleged to be potent financiers of terror groups.

From 2017–18,  several Middle Eastern countries and the North Africa nation of Egypt abruptly cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar in June 2017.

These countries included Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt. The severing of relations included withdrawing ambassadors and imposing trade and travel bans.  The crisis was and continues to be an escalation of the Qatar–Saudi Arabia proxy conflict.

The Saudi-led coalition cited Qatar’s alleged support for terrorism as the main reason for their actions, insisting that Qatar has violated a 2014 agreement with the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Saudi Arabia and other countries have criticized Al Jazeera and Qatar’s relations with Iran. Qatar claims that it has assisted the United States in the War on Terror and the ongoing military intervention against ISIL.

Despite these allegations, there are credible sources that some politicians and candidates for political offices in Sierra Leone, Togo, Liberia and several West African nations are seeking campaign and related funding from financiers accused of supporting IS related causes to sponsor them for political offices including legislative and presidential offices.

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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