Al Qaeda's new headquarters?
Rep. Peter King on new dangers in North Africa
- Duration 5:56
- Date Jan 27, 2013
Rep. Peter King on new dangers in North Africa
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This generation of Americans have been.
Tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience.
The decade of war is now and it.
A President Obama may have taken our troops out of Iraq and -- Afghanistan.
But that should not mean the war is ending.
Al-Qaeda and its off -- have taken a strong hold in parts of northern Africa and they're targeting and killing Americans in the region.
The most recent attack was in Algeria.
Where a natural gas facility was targeted by an al-Qaeda affiliate.
Dozens of hostages including Americans were killed.
Right next to Algeria is Libya.
Where this past September 11 ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed when terrorists stormed the American Consulate in -- Gaza.
Libya has been politically unstable since the 2011.
Death of president Moammar Gadhafi which brings us to the nation of Mali where last year al-Qaeda.
In the Islamic Mike Reid RAQ I -- for a short.
Actually took over the country.
In recent weeks French forces have been targeting select areas to topple a Q I am which has ties to other attacks in the region.
Instability in -- has created an expanding safe haven for terrorists.
Who look to extend their influence and plot further attacks.
Of the kind we saw just last week in Algeria there's no doubt that the Algerian terrorists.
Have weapons from Libya it.
There's no doubt that the finale and remnants of a Q I -- have weapons from Libya.
Joining me now is New York congressman Peter King congressman glad to have you here.
And I I -- begin right talking about what happened in Algeria just a week ago.
Four dozen people killed three of them Americans and an Algerian energy side what do we know about who was behind that killing and the motives.
Well to me it's very clear that -- have al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and even affiliates of there -- but all al-Qaeda supporters.
Who very much involved in this they were the ones who directly that this was something which I believe was planned over a period of time.
And I think what we can say is -- North Africa Africa in general but North African particular.
Is going to be to the Obama administration when Afghanistan was -- the 1990s the Clinton administration is really gathering place.
For the Islamic militants who -- -- launching pad and you -- North Africa it's very close obviously you're.
It's it did it could talk -- the United States not our allies so really North Africa I believe there's a new work.
A battleground in the war and an Al -- war against us and what should be -- war against them.
And wait wait for long time thought that the the war with al-Qaeda and Islamic extremism was from the Middle East.
Is this like whack a mole where yet strike and in one place and they pop up somewhere else and they really have not been so much on the run and disappearing they just relocated to a different geographical region.
-- governor they've had elements you know gone back over the years in Kenya and Tanzania.
-- they had that -- -- Bob -- some -- -- or Iran and Nigeria but it really now is a concerted effort said that it is going up into North African tamale.
Libya Algeria Mauritania.
And this these are very effective fight is -- ruthless.
And there are a combination of their own group al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb but also they get people from Iraq they get remnants of our core al-Qaeda.
They get -- -- Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula it really is an international movement.
And wherever there's a vacuum that they -- they fill it.
That's why I think when the president really hurt us over the last several years is somehow implying -- the war against al-Qaeda is over.
-- Corel Corel Qaeda has been hurt.
But they've -- -- size and in some ways a Qaeda is more of a threat to us now than it was prior to September 11.
Because it is so decentralized.
It is or metastasized or more so much as coming out so many different directions and I'm afraid we're letting our guard down.
There been reports even from the New York Times that some of the people involved in the Algerian attack.
We're also the same people involved in the attack and been Ghazi do you have any information to substantiate that.
You know something -- that I don't want to go into the details than that but there is a very yet real concern.
There's no doubt that there were -- are people who -- -- -- -- the same -- yeah this is the same.
What a group of people in many ways -- have to leave it that another CDs.
These those countries -- to take -- Libya Mali Algeria Mauritania I was talking about a -- that al-Qaeda that collection which is either.
Totally united all working together in -- confederation.
And certainly what happened and Algeria I can tell you certainly is related Somalia to Libya and to -- Gaza.
Congressman do you think the president is is taking.
As seriously as he needs to.
I think the president is it's almost a schizophrenic approach on the one hand.
What he's done as far as you're killing some of the top al-Qaeda leaders.
Is very positive.
On the other hand by constantly talking about how we're going to be.
How you inserted in the normal speech that there's something that the effect that.
What does -- have to be perpetual does that become -- it's about making it seem to do we want war and answer your question I don't believe that.
President Obama is is doing enough.
And he doesn't want a level with the American people and that's we keeps talking about how.
We're winning in there on the run yet we're winning but they're also in many -- stronger than ever -- This is that the real long -- so long to -- paraphrase John Kennedy is no real long twilight struggle.
Congressman Peter King thank you very much for joining us -- -- today.
Governor thank you Mike thank you.