By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
Convoys, crossing a thousand miles of sand, are entering the nation of Niger, said by US counter-terrorism officials to be the staging ground for Al Qaeda in Africa. This was also where Gaddafi’s mercenary army was recruited from by Israeli contractors as negotiated by his son, Saif, during his March visit to Tel Aviv.
Now Gaddafi’s Security Chief, and other top officials, thought to have been in Sirte, proclaimed by Gaddafi as “Capitol of New Libya” have fled the country. From the Associated Press;
But as the first group of a dozen vehicles pulled into Niger’s capital Niamey on Tuesday, a customs official confirmed that it included Mansour Dao, Khadafy’s security chief and a key member of his inner circle, as well as around 12 other Khadafy regime officials. The official, Harouna Ide, told The Associated Press that other Libyan convoys had passed through Agadez, a town about halfway between Niger’s border with Libya and its capital in the far southwest.
Nigerian authorities investigating last week’s fatal bombing of the U.N. headquarters arrested two members of Islamist sect Boko Haram a week before the attack and said they suspect a third member with an al Qaeda connection led the plot. “Investigation has revealed that one Mamman Nur, a notorious Boko Haram element with al Qaeda links who returned recently from Somalia, working in concert with the two suspects, masterminded the attack on the United Nations building in Abuja,” the Department of State Services said in a statement on Wednesday.
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.