In the last edition of the Monitor, we reported on the initial results of the jihadist action at the In Amenas facility in Algeria. Although almost certainly planned for some time the ostensible reason for the action remains the ongoing UK-backed, French-led intervention in Mali (which has now seen the Salafist advance turned back). In our analysis, we indicated that this action was likely to be symptomatic of a wider response across North and East Africa. This assessment has now been borne out, with the following being reported in this period:
- Last week the Foreign and Commonwealth office took the rare step of warning Britons to leave Benghazi, Libya, due to “a specific and imminent threat”.
- Shortly afterwards, threats in Somaliland prompted a similar warning to nationals there.
- Most recently, on 28 January the FCO confirmed it was aware of a “potential threat” against the embassy in Tripoli, Libya.