February 13, 2013

After Mali Comes Niger

Sebastian Elischer, Foreign Affairs

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Although France quickly achieved its goals in Mali, the Islamist and Tuareg militants it fought are still at large, having swiftly retreated into the northeastern part of the country. The most likely outcome of the French operation, therefore, is not an end to West Africa's problems but their spread into neighboring Niger.

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TAGGED: West Africa, Africa, Niger, Mali


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