Donald Rumsfeld Cultivates Diplomatic Relations in North Africa
As I pointed out in a previous article the Salafist GSPC are making serious inroads in North Africa. The lack of capable government in these regions further aggravates the issue. It seems that the powers that be in the United States are aware of these occurances and are taking measures to strengthen our ties to friendly governments in the region.
The Forbes website had the following to say about a recent Rumsfeld visit to North Africa.
“Rumsfeld came to North Africa to try to strengthen U.S. military ties to Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. All three are viewed by the Bush administration as important allies in the global fight against terrorism – not least because they have spoken out publicly against Islamic extremism and terrorism.”
“”He has been through a lot (President Abdelaziz Bouteflika),” Rumsfeld said, referring to a nearly decade-long struggle against an anti-government insurgency that left more than 100,000 dead – many attributed to massacres of civilians by Islamic extremists.
“He described it from the inside, as to what took place and how they fought off the terrorism problem and the problem of extremism and the numbers of people who were killed, beheaded,” Rumsfeld said.”
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(ed note: emphasis mine)