TOP US GENERAL FOR AFRICA SAYS 3 MAIN TERROR GROUPS THERE SEEKING TO COLLABORATE

US AFRICOM Commander, General Carter F. Ham

US AFRICOM Commander, General Carter F. Ham

By Associated Press
WASHINGTON
29 February, 2012

The top U.S. commander for Africa says he is increasingly concerned about the likelihood that terrorist groups in Somalia, North Africa
and Nigeria want to coordinate their training, funding and terror activities.

Gen. Carter Ham told Congress Wednesday that terror leaders from al-Shabab, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and Boko Haram in Nigeria want to more closely
synchronize their efforts.

He says the three groups are the top three threats in that region, and their collaboration would
present a real challenge to the U.S. He also says that announcement earlier this month of al-Qaida’s formal alliance with al-Shabab suggests that the Somalia-based insurgency has been weakened and is looking for greater international support. The two groups have been working together for several years.

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