• Dec 31, 2007

Following meetings between the head of security for the Lisbon-Dakar Rally and government authorities in Mauritania, race organizers, undeterred by recent terrorist attacks in the country, have announced that the event will go on as planned.

Last week, terrorists in Mauritania shot and killed four French tourists and four Mauritanian soldiers. Reports indicated that the attacks were perpetrated by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the infamous terrorist network's North African wing, praying on fears that the militants were expanding southwards from their previous activities in Morocco and Algeria.

Last year's rally had two stages canceled due to security concerns regarding Algerian rebels. This year's rally is set to depart from Lisbon, Portugal, on January 5, passing through Mauritania on January 11 en route to the finish line in Dakar, Senegal, on January 20, covering a total of 9000km (5600 miles).

[Source: Autosport]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Al-Qaeda attacks?

      REALLY????
        • 7 Years Ago
        Markitos- for the following convoy, its beneficial if the drivers of KAMAZ's and MOG's manage to just "graze" those camels.
        MikeW- any help on how to keep my foil hat from making wrinkling noises?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Or not, these north african countries have desert rebels since the early 70s, they pre-exist al-quaeda, and are far less dangerous.

        These clans or tribes have done some damage to the rally before in the 1980s and 1990s, thats why its called the hardest rally in the world, you have to dodge some guys in camels packing AK47s sometimes. Nothing new to this.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The term 'conspiracy theorist' is worthless.
        There is conspiracy conjecturist- the center of the moon is made of cheese. Well until you go there and take a core sample...
        and conspiracy factualist, the gulf of tonkin 'incident' never happened as sold to the US public. Yes there were boats there, did they attack a US ship-no. Same with the attack on the USS Liberty. Just read the declassified documents.

        I keep my hair high and tight, thank you.
        • 7 Years Ago
        oh great another conspiracy theorist.... how long's your mullet mikew? don't you think its time for a haircut?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Holy s&$t! Enough already. P/D have gone trough the worst areas of Africa for years just as "Armed tribesmen/beduin" has been present at P/D since its inception. This is nothing new.

      Attacks in Mauritania - give me a f^$%#ng break. TERRA! TERRA! TERRA! And you morons lap it up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And someone still thinks that we can reason with them?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sadly, there are a lot of people that think that a good talk is all that's needed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nobody ever thought that. OK, maybe the Yemen government.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should just cancel the Dakar Rally but not because of terrorist threats but because no one is going to beat Mitsubishi this year again anyway so whats the point. Mitsubishi, the undisputed king of Dakar.
      • 7 Years Ago
      More people die in collisions related to alcohol, improper use of seatbelts, or improper car maintenance than "TERRORISM". Probably by a factor of over a 100. "Terrorism" is a tool of fear and control.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm hopin Robby Gordon and Mark Miller are packing!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        With HARM missiles or the like.
      • 7 Years Ago
      you know i never did like al quida but this is pushing it..... they need to keep their terrorist ^$#@ out of motorsport....otherwise dakar standard equipment will be a car, fuel, safety kit, and a m4!
      • 7 Years Ago
      For unprecedented coverage of Team Dakar USA come over to Robbysuprising.com

      Gas on
      • 7 Years Ago
      http://www.haffapartner.de/html/prservice/exa/exa-07/Bilder-07/Pressebild_Rallye-Dakar_3445883-bp.jpg

      Between the imposing bulk of the MAN, ,DAF, Kamaz and Unimog support rigs, the speed of the bikes, buggy and trophy trucks; I don't see the racers and crews as targets so much as I see the civilian populations and news media being either kidnapped or attacked.
      • 7 Years Ago
      if they DONT race the terrorists WIN
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who is airing Dakar in the US? Anyone know?

      VS has a single show airing on the 6th, but nothing before or after (that I can find).
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