Sahel Blog on AQIM in Mauritania
Just pointing you that way. My comment: I don’t see any link to the presidentials. Abdelaziz was in power before the elections, and he knew he would be in power after the elections. Anti-AQ work runs independently of all that, and if it didn’t (i.e. he tried to use anti-terrorism cooperation to extort political/economical support) he would soon face all hell from the US, France, Algeria, etc.
Will be interesting to hear what they can torture out of the suspects though. What I’m most curious about is whether this was more of a planned strike or more of a spontaneous sympathizers’ thing. The level of organization of AQIM cells in Mauritania seemed to be pretty low in earlier attacks, and it would also be revealing to hear which way connections run — through what Algerian AQIM outfit they connect to the larger body.