Al Qaeda linked group attacked resort before US officials arrived

Fox News:
Ivory Coast gunmen who killed 16 had sights set on Obama official, source says

Assistant Secretary of Commerce Marcus Jadotte was leading a group of Americans in Grand-Bassam, including college recruiters from the University of Florida. U.S. embassy officials from the capital city of Abidjan were also included in the group, according to the source.

The delegation was supposed to arrive at the scene of the attack, Etoile du Sud, a hotel popular with Westerners. The delegation had not yet made it to the hotel when the attack occurred.

A jihadist group called Ansar Dine, or "defenders of the faith," linked to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb was suspected of the attack, according to the source.Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb later claimed responsibility for the attack, according to a Jihad monitoring website cited by the Associated Press.
The targets were saved by tardiness it appears.  This terrorist attack was taking place near the same time of a major terrorist attack in Turkey where a car bomb killed 34 and wounded 125.

Al Qaeda also captured American weapons from Syrian rebels in another attack this weekend.  The group does not appear to be on the run as claimed by Obama.


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