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An Insane Way to Fight a War

by Christopher W. Holton

Though many would still deny this reality, Islamic Jihadists are at war with America.

They are not homogenous and certainly not united, but Jihadists from groups we know by name (Al Qaeda, the Islamic State) and some from groups whose names are not commonly known are at war with us–whether we want to be in a war with them or not.

One time and place in which our Jihadist enemies launched an act of war against the United States occurred on 11 September 2012 in Benghazi, Libya.

In that action 4 Americans were killed, including a US ambassador and two brave military contractors. 10 more Americans were wounded.

Let’s examine the salient facts of this attack:

It was carried out by a group called Ansar al-Sharia, a Jihadist organization based in Libya made up of Libyan jihadists.

The attack(s) occurred at two places in Benghazi, Libya.

Obviously, the proper response to this act of war would have been to seek out, close with and destroy the members of Ansar al-Shariah, wherever they are. If any of the Jihadists survived the operation they should have been taken prisoner as irregular enemy combatants and treated as such.

Unfortunately, this is not the way that the Obama administration decided to handle the situation.

In 2014, the US military, following Obama’s policies, captured the reported ringleader of the Benghazi attacks, Ahmed Abu Khattala in an operation IN LIBYA.

Unbelievably, Khattala was brought aboard a US Navy ship and, eventually, Mirandized.

He was brought to the US and charged with some 18 crimes, including murder.

Note that he wasn’t charged with a war crime, he was simply charged with murder, the same way a gangbanger from a bad neighborhood in any US city would be after a drive-by shooting.

We have now seen the outcome of this insane policy of fighting a war with lawyers:

Yesterday, a jury in Washington acquitted Khattala of 14 of the 18 charges he faced after deliberating for 5 days following a 7 week trial.

Khattala was convicted on 4 charges including conspiracy to provide material support for terrorism, maliciously destroying and injuring dwellings and property as well as using and carrying a semi-automatic weapon during a crime of violence.

Fortunately, Khattala still faces up to 60 years in prison, but the fact that he was acquitted of the most serious charges against him illustrates the dangerous folly of confronting an enemy who is fighting a war against us this way.

It is one thing to apprehend a Jihadi in the United States after he carries out an attack here and trying him in our courts, especially if he is a US citizen.

It is quite another to go capture a foreign terrorist in a foreign country after he attacked the US in that foreign country and then bring him back stateside to face a jury trial.

That is pure insanity and it must never happen again.

Africa on Fire: Jihad on the March

In recent years it has become increasingly clear that the Jihadists have targeted the African continent.

On September 11, 2001, the groups Al Shabaab, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Ansar al Shariah and the Islamic State were not just unheard of–they didn’t even exist.

Today these groups are waging Jihad, killing thousands in their drives to establish Islamic rule under Shariah law…

This development didn’t just “happen.” The rise of Jihad was promoted and financed. Africa is becoming a battleground because the global Jihadist movement has targeted it.

At least one analyst reports that Al Qaeda, the Islamic State and Boko Haram are all training in the Saharan desert nation of Mauritania:


Here are details from just the past few weeks:

Boko Haram


Human Rights Watch reports that Boko Haram has killed 1,000 people so far this year in four different African nations (Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger):

Earlier this week, Boko Haram carried out yet another mass kidnapping:

As pressure mounts on Boko Haram from the militaries of various African nations, the Jihadis have begun using human shields:

Al Shabaab


Earlier this week, Al Shabaab attacked a hotel in Mogadishu, killing 17 and wounding 28:

Al Shabaab carried out an attack last week in Kenya, killing five Christians:

The US has issued a warning of a possible attack by Al Shabaab in Uganda’s capital city, Kampala:

Australia’s government has issued a travel alert warning about possible attacks by Al Shabaab in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi:

Al Shabaab has taken a page from the Islamic State’s propaganda manual, producing a video showing the barbaric and cowardly execution of unarmed civilians:

Ansar al Shariah


Last week, Ansar al Shariah killed 23 mostly Western tourists in an attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis (there may also have been Al Qaeda involvement):

Ansar al Shariah was also at work in Libya, where in Benghazi an Islamikaze bomber killed 7 at an army checkpoint:

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb


In Mali, Jihadists with AQIM beheaded a civilian for cooperating with the French Army, which has been doing a bang up job of clobbering AQIM Jihadists in Mali for a few years now…

Islamic State

A Libyan government official warns that the Islamic State is planning attacks on Italy, possibly using airliners missing in Libya for some time.

Earlier this month, Islamic State Jihadis attacked Libya’s largest oil field, beheading 8 Libyan guards and taking 9 foreigners hostage (2 Bangladeshi hostages were subsequently released):


Ironically, after aiding Jihadists in Libya a few years ago, US government officials are now worried that the Islamic State is making inroads in Libya:

What all this indicates is that the global Jihadist movement is getting stronger and spreading its violent attacks to more areas of the world, giving them more training areas, launching pads and recruiting fodder with which to wage war against America and the West.













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