FoxNews – The death of a top Al Qaeda-linked warlord in combat with French-led troops represents a victory in the battle against jihadists who had a stranglehold on northern Mali. But it is far from the defining blow against a wily enemy that can go underground and regroup to renew itself. Even the fearsome Abou Zeid is replaceable.
A top commander of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Abou Zeid had been in the crosshairs of the French military and their African partners since they moved in to Mali on Jan. 11 to rout radicals seen as a threat to northwest Africa and to Europe. An announcement Saturday by the French president's office that Abou Zeid's death in late February has been "definitively confirmed" ends weeks of speculation about his fate.
Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, an Algerian thought to be 47, was a pillar of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's southern realm, responsible for the death of at least two European hostages and a leader of the extremist takeover of northern Mali, which followed a coup d'etat a year ago. He joined a succession of radical insurgency movements in Algeria starting in the early 1990s and became known for his brutality and involvement in high-profile hostage-taking.
President Francois Hollande's office said the death of Abou Zeid "marks an important step in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel," the borderlands where the Sahara meets the sub-Saharan jungle, encompassing several nations where radicals are on the rise. (Continue Reading.)
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Al Qaeda Commander Abou Zeid Killed in Mali
Politicians, the media, and Muslim organizations constantly assure us that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance that has been hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists. Since there are only a handful of these extremists, and since they are being rapidly killed, we can all expect terrorism to end very, very soon–unless, of course, Islam promotes violence and terrorism, in which case killing these leaders will do nothing to stop the Jihad. (For more on Jihad, click here.)