Good thing al-Qaeda is on the ropes, as Obama assures us. Imagine what they'd be able to accomplish if they were strong, confident, and advancing. "Algeria gas pipeline attack kills two guards," by Alex Spillius in the Telegraph, January 28 (thanks to Alan of England):
Two security guards protecting a gas pipeline were killed and seven others wounded in an attack southwest of the Algerian capital, as Islamist terrorists once again targeted the country’s vital oil and gas industry.
Militants from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb launched a series of homemade rockets late on Sunday night towards a pipeline that runs north from the Sahara desert’s Hassi R’Mel field.
The largest in Algeria and the second largest gas field in the world, most of its product passes through coastal cities and on to southern Europe.
Army units were alerted and searched for the attackers in vain around Ain Chikh, on the southern edge of the Kabylie mountain region that has become the last hideout of al-Qaeda’s branch in northern Algeria. The frequency of terrorist attacks has dropped in Algeria’s populated north in the past few years, though in August 2011 militants showed their ability to target local security forces with a suicide bombing of the military academy....