October 19, 2012

Mali Intervention Likely Months Away

Jon Manthorpe, Vancouver Sun

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Senior United Nations, African and European officials will try today to accelerate sluggish efforts to remove al-Qaida and its allies from the Saharan nation of Mali, where they control an area the size of France. But even if the sensitivities impeding intervention can be overcome at the meeting in the Malian capital Bamako, it is highly unlikely a credible military force could go into action to oust al-Qaida and retake the territory before next March.

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TAGGED: al-Qaeda, Ansar Dine, Mali, Africa

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