The Global War On You Know Who

"The West is facing a concerted effort by Islamic jihadists, the motives and goals of whom are largely ignored by the Western media, to destroy the West and bring it forcibly into the Islamic world -- and to commit violence to that end even while their overall goal remains out of reach. That effort goes under the general rubric of jihad."
-- Robert Spencer

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Islamist Coup in Mauritania

A 17-man military junta comprised of top army brass toppled [President Maaoya Sid'Ahmed Ould] Taya while he was abroad [at King Fahd's funeral in Saudi Arabia] on Wednesday. The coup was welcomed by many in this desert nation who had grown weary of Taya's harsh 21-year rule.

Taya, who seized power in 1984, was strongly criticized by many Mauritanians for allying his overwhelmingly Muslim nation with the United States in the war on terror and with Israel. He also drew ire for opening full diplomatic relations with Israel six years ago, becoming one of only three Arab League nations to do so.
Al-Reuters reports that the new government has freed around 20 al Qaeda-linked "Islamist activists."

Others say it's just a tribal thing.


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