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Watch as it Develops - The Staged War Against Islamists in Northern Mali
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[quote:insertfunnyusername:MV8yMDI0NTkwXzM0MzUwMDAwX0NCNzUyMDdG] [quote:DarbyDoom:MV8yMDI0NTkwXzM0MzQ5NzAwXzhFNTI1MEMw] [quote:insertfunnyusername:MV8yMDI0NTkwXzM0MzQ3Nzc5XzU4MTAwOTkw] [quote:DarbyDoom:MV8yMDI0NTkwXzM0MzQ1MDQzXzNDQUU2RDQz] BilletsdAfrique (@Billetsdafrique) 11/8/12, 5:47 AM #Mali: ministre de l'Intérieur algérien estime que le nbre de "terroristes et de narcotrafiquants" au #Sahel "ne dépasse pas 2.000 à 3.000 Only 2,000 to 3,000? Sounds like a cakewalk... [/quote] Morning DD! When the coup happened they had about 3500, i fully expect them to have more now. They still are not many though to control such a huge area, reinforcements from other countries are heading there daily. [/quote] I think the current number is an undercount.... Did the 3,500 number include MNLA? Some of those guys were killed when Ansar Dine/MUJWA/AQIM took over... A number of AQIM guys were also killed in that fight (including a few high-level commanders).... But the numbers of deaths was probably less than 100 (both sides) AND we've had multiple reports of fighters (and trainers) streaming in....MNLA foot soldiers changing sides (for money) and locals joining the Islamists (for money)... This is just my CPA mind doing an initial head count. Of the 3,500, if we presume 2,500 were MNLA and 50 died... That gets you to 950... Then add back MNLA low-level defections (maybe 1,000?) That gets you to 1,950 w/o any new foreign fighters or new recruits... But they claim foreigners are streaming in & they have multiple training camps. So, presume between 4,000 to 6,000 (conservatively)...But then you reduce that by the number of Ansar Dine members who will accept the peace deal...The end number - I have no friggin idea (and I bet the Algerians are in the same boat) [/quote] I too think it's an undercount. The 3500 includes MNLA, they were the majority with 3000 and the rest were the islamist groups, but this number is from the start of the year in the then conflict, i expect them to have recruit more and be more organized now with Qatari money flowing and reinforcements coming. [/quote]
Background - About a year ago, I stumbled on a website run by a group of students in France. They represented an organization called the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA is its initials in French).
I kept up with their movement to establish an independent Taureg state in Northern Mali. As I followed their statements and the occasional MSM article, it became apparent that something was not quite right. These kids were being set up. I came to believe that I was watching Western intelligence operation to create the pretext for Western intervention in Africa (in other words, I was watching a "false flag" war in the making)...
By early October, the yellow journalism building the case for war was undeniable...So, I decided to create this thread. Using MSM news sources (with occasional commentary posts) I tried to give the background on what is happening in Mali & why it might be happening....
Thanks for reading - Here is my original post...
Who do I root for?
Foreign jihadists from Sudan and Western Sahara pour into northern Mali
HUNDREDS of jihadist fighters, mainly from Sudan and Western Sahara, arrived in northern Mali over the weekend to support the Islamist groups ahead of a threatened regional intervention, witnesses and a security source say.
link to www.theaustralian.com.au
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