January 14, 2013

Why France Couldn't Wait to Attack Mali

Jennifer Welsh, Globe and Mail

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Watching militant groups -- some linked to al-Qaeda -- take control of the strategic town of Konno took both regional and international actors by surprise over the past few days. In April, during the uncertainty that followed the country’s military coup, these armed factions ­conquered territory in northern Mali. The move into Konno, however, appeared to threaten the capital city of Bamako, only 600 kilometres to the south. There were genuine fears that the weak Malian army would simply crumble in the face of further provocations from rebel forces.

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