Tag Archives: Mali

The Benefits of Doing Nothing in Mali?

“All things considered, any outside power trying to counter extremists would be best advised to support Tuareg aspirations.” “With the subsequent formation of AFRICOM as a separate “combatant command” in the US military, the rise of AQIM has been, to … Continue reading

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Fatal Car Crash Reveals Commando Presence in Mali

Washington Post reports on a curious story of US operations in Mali: “What the men were doing in the impoverished country of Mali, and why they were still there a month after the United States suspended military relations with its … Continue reading

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Drone War in Mali?

The Long War may have just migrated into Mali: “a “mystery airstrike” targeted a convoy of the “Yahya About al Hammam Brigade,” a unit of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb operating in northern Mali, and killed seven fighters.” “If … Continue reading

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Drone Campaign & the Metastasis of Al Qaeda

“Nine years into the drone program, it is now clear that while drones are useful in keeping al Qaeda and its affiliates off-balance, the assassination of operatives by unmanned aircraft has not led to the demise of the organization or … Continue reading

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Mali’s Geopolitical Challenge

Mali: Contending with the artificial borders inherited from French colonialism…

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Touareg Alliance Declares Northern Mali as State of Azawad

Touareg militias formed an interim government in the self-proclaimed state of Azawad:  “the two groups have formed a 40-member committee, with half of members representing Ansar al-Din and the other half representing MNLA, to declare the government” “The agreement removes … Continue reading

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The Division of Mali

NightWatch update on Mali Mali: Today, 6 April, the Tuaregs declared independence for their territory known as Azawad, in northern Mali. They declared Gao as their capital. Ultra-fundamentalists in league with the Tuaregs already have imposed and are enforcing Sharia … Continue reading

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