February 1, 2013

The Dirty Bomb Fear Behind Mali War

Alexander Pannett, Egremont

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However, there is a contradiction between the direct intervention in Mali and the less overt anti-terrorist approach taken in Yemen and Somalia. Why the sudden urgency and build up of Western troops? The main issue which has not been widely reported in the Western press is the uranium mining area of north Niger, which borders Mali. According to a 2008 report by a French parliamentary committee, about 18 per cent of the raw material used to power France’s 58 nuclear reactors came from Niger in 2008.

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TAGGED: Nuclear Weapons, UK, Mali

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