Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Wanting to be Kobe Bryant

Competition between rebel/insurgent/terrorist groups has always been an important driver of overall conflict between such groups and whatever institution it is that they're jointly, ostensibly, fighting. Hence the significance of this Le Monde story noting that the terrorist coalition that mounted the Burkina Faso hotel attack under the banner of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb apparently live broadcast at least part of the incident to its followers who knew where to look. As the article says, it looks like an attempt to one-up the slick media productions of ISIS. By the same token, splintering these groups through a seemingly successful military approach could just be making the problem worse.

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