North African Islamist militants linked to al-Qaida are reportedly building heavily fortified bunkers in the Sahara Desert against airstrikes as Algeria and its neighbors mount a combined offensive against them.The potential terrorist conquest of North Africa is a real and growing national security concern.
Security authorities in Algeria and Mali, its southern neighbor, have reported construction work in their territories. Fortifications are also being built along the border with Niger, east of Mali.
DoF urges the president to initiate predator drone strikes against various locations in Mali, Algeria, and Niger -- anywhere terrorists are suspected of hiding. Although such measures will certainly not eliminate the threat, it will bring the war to the terrorists. To paraphrase the former vice president: if we fight them over there, maybe we won't have to fight them here.