January 14, 2013

Mali Is the Next Western Quagmire

J. Peter Pham, New Atlanticist

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French aircraft strafed Islamist rebels in Mali for the third day in a row on Sunday. Additional French troops arrived in the West African country’s capital to shore up its rickety transitional government in the face of an offensive by the militants who seized control of northern provinces last spring and have been imposing their brutal version of shari’a. While the former colonial power’s intervention may have halted the southward advance of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the terrorist organization’s North African affiliate, and its local allies, the military actions threaten to drag France and, ultimately, the United States (which is reportedly readying surveillance drones and other air-intelligence assets for deployment, possibly within days) and...

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TAGGED: Terrorism, France, Mali


January 12, 2013
West Scrambles to Battle Mali Jihadists
Matthias Gebauer, Der Spiegel
France led the West on Friday in offering to help Mali's interim government push back a surprise offensive launched Thursday by Islamist forces from the north. Elite French troops are reportedly already on the ground. more ››
January 16, 2013
Is France Now al-Qaeda's Top Target?
Bruce Crumley, Time
France is now in al-Qaeda's gunsights over the war in Mali. more ››
January 19, 2013
The Mali Blowback
Patrick Buchanan, American Conservative
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January 19, 2013
West Needs Courage to Face New Terror Threat
Max Hastings, Daily Mail
An unknown number of British and other foreign gas workers have been killed in Algeria for no better reason than that they were Westerners who became targets for Muslim fanatics, and apparently ‘collateral damage’ in... more ››
January 17, 2013
Don't Negotiate with Mali's Terrorists
The National
The destruction of ancient Muslim shrines in Timbuktu since July has mirrored the dynamiting of the giant Buddha statues Bamiyan in 2001. Both senseless acts were carried out by militants cloaked in an extremist version of Islam... more ››