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Watch as it Develops - The Staged War Against Islamists in Northern Mali

 
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AFP, Al Jazeera & RFI all reporting large French airborne landing at Kidal airport. Unexpected, to say the least. Huge gamble. #Mali
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Mali: French soldiers at the airport in Kidal

BAMAKO - French soldiers took position in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday at the airport of Kidal, the third largest city in northern Mali, after Gao and Timbuktu, told AFP from sources.

A French plane has landed on the airstrip of Kidal. They took position on the airfield. seen as helicopters, said an official of the local administration.

The information was confirmed by a source of regional security: We confirm that the devices are on the French airstrip Kidal, and defense helicopters in the sky.

A notable Kidal Tuareg testified in the same direction, and a spokesman for the Islamic Movement of Azawad (MIA), an Islamist group dissident who recently assured to have taken control of Kidal.

The French have actually taken a position on the runway of the city. Our chef is currently talking with them, he said.

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my close family friend who we watch over speaks bombura(bombara i can't even spell it) french, italian, and another african language. basically he's fluent in multipe languages and he's originally from mali. and he is talking about joining the U.S. army as a translator. they have offered him a position right out of college on the front lines. and i can't convince him or my family that it's a horrible idea. these sons of bitches running the various military powers make me fucking sick to my stomach. my buddy B is going to get himself in a mess. by the time he ships out to mali the whole damn country is going to be a intense warzone kill on sight

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French don't intent end to stay but now not the time to disengage

[link to wapo.st]
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Malian military: 4 dead, 5 wounded in mine blast
[link to news.yahoo.com]

Presidential, legislative elections for Mali scheduled for April-July, 2013
[link to en.starafrica.com]

UK’s Cameron visits Algeria, unveils security partnership following hostage crisis
[link to www.washingtonpost.com]
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Its the next step in the Muslim Brotherhood gameplan to world domination and sharia law.
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Snip; After six months of shrinking approval ratings amid stubbornly-high unemployment and slow economic growth, French President François Hollande has reversed the downward slide in the polls as the public praises him for his stewardship of a relatively popular French-led military intervention in Mali.

A Jan. 28 survey by pollster BVA Opinion found Mr. Hollande’s job approval increased by 4 percentage points to 44 percent. In December, Hollande's 40 percent approval was the lowest since taking office in May, the first Socialist elected here since the 1980s.

Snip2; Meanwhile, advancing French troops have met little or no resistance since Saturday when seizing the cities of Gao and Timbuktu; the French were taking northern territory previously held by Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants who, in the past year, had introduced by fiat a set of harsh and ultra-orthodox interpretations of Islamic law on locals.


Snip to bottom; French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius told Le Parisien newspaper Wednesday that France would soon leave Mali after what has so far appeared as a successful mission.


[link to www.csmonitor.com]


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French President Francois Hollande is visiting Mali, three weeks after French forces launched their intervention against Islamist militants in the African country.
[link to www.voanews.com]
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Five killed by rebels in Senegal's restive south.

[link to wapo.st]

note - Senegal sent 500 paratroopers to Mali - where were those soldiers before they were deployed to Mali?
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Five killed by rebels in Senegal's restive south.

[link to wapo.st]

note - Senegal sent 500 paratroopers to Mali - where were those soldiers before they were deployed to Mali?
 Quoting: DarbyDoom


I was about to post that in an African-doom post. :)

Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria raids 'kill 17 militants'
[link to www.bbc.co.uk]

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Militants Announce Cease-Fire
[link to www.voanews.com]

JEM rebels say clashed with Chadian army in Darfur
[link to www.sudantribune.com]

In Congo, Rebels Say Peace Deal Is Close
[link to online.wsj.com]

Regional force to operate under UN mission to eliminate DR Congo rebel groups
[link to www.globaltimes.cn]

Rebels go looting in African Republic
[link to www.arabnews.com]

French military oversees power-sharing deal in Central African Republic
[link to www.wsws.org]

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Five killed by rebels in Senegal's restive south.

[link to wapo.st]

note - Senegal sent 500 paratroopers to Mali - where were those soldiers before they were deployed to Mali?
 Quoting: DarbyDoom


I was about to post that in an African-doom post. :)

Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria raids 'kill 17 militants'
[link to www.bbc.co.uk]

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Militants Announce Cease-Fire
[link to www.voanews.com]

JEM rebels say clashed with Chadian army in Darfur
[link to www.sudantribune.com]

In Congo, Rebels Say Peace Deal Is Close
[link to online.wsj.com]

Regional force to operate under UN mission to eliminate DR Congo rebel groups
[link to www.globaltimes.cn]

Rebels go looting in African Republic
[link to www.arabnews.com]

French military oversees power-sharing deal in Central African Republic
[link to www.wsws.org]
 Quoting: insertfunnyusername


That is an African Doom post WOW

Here's a BBC Story on Tauregs (the entire ethnic group) disappearing in Mali (into desert or neighboring countries) due to fear of reprisals/ethnic cleansing

[link to bbc.in]
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Mali - new ground for Western security firms to flourish

The British security firm G4S is set to rake in massive profits thanks to crises in Mali, Libya and Algeria. Recognized as the world’s biggest security firm, the group’s brand plummeted during the London Olympics last year due to its failure to satisfy conditions of a government contract. But with growing unrest in North and West Africa, G4S is expected to make a speedy recovery.

The Jan. 6 hostage crisis at Algeria’s In Amenas gas plant, where 38 hostages were killed, ushered in the return of al-Qaeda not as extremists on the run, but as well-prepared militants with the ability to strike deeply into enemy territories and cause serious damage. For G4S and other security firms, this also translates into growing demands. “The British group (..) is seeing a rise in work ranging from electronic surveillance to protecting travelers,” the company’s regional president for Africa told Reuters. “Demand has been very high across Africa,” Andy Baker said. “The nature of our business is such that in high-risk environments the need for our services increases.”

[link to english.alarabiya.net]
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Looks like Kidal hasn't been taken yet

French Jets Bomb Northern Mali

French warplanes have carried out air strikes in Mali's far north as they try to secure the final rebel stronghold of Kidal after a three-week offensive.

Thirty jets targeted Islamist militants' training and communication centres around Tessalit - a mountainous area near the Algerian border.

French President Francois Hollande has pledged to help rebuild Mali after the rebels who seized its north are beaten.

But there are fears the fighters could re-group in the mountains near Kidal.


[link to bbc.in]
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Ship from Turkey that was held for 10 days in Volos port, sailed yesterday for Libya without the illegal 75 tons weapons/ammunition cargo that have been seized by authorities.
[link to translate.google.gr]

Nice Mali article by an Algerian professor.
[link to translate.google.gr]
[link to www.mondialisation.ca]
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A speech that made a lot of noise by an independent Belgian MP condemning Mali intervention and exposing neo-colonial plot. He even used the term 'fuck you' sometimes to get his point across.

[link to www.youtube.com]
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Qatar Evacuating its Assets from Mali -

Eric Denécé, director of the French Centre for Research on Intelligence, the time Algeria: "Qatar is conducting an air operation to smuggle dozens of terrorists in the Sahel"

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Snip; TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — French troops began to withdraw from Timbuktu Thursday after securing the fabled city as they ramped up their mission in another northern Mali city, searching for Islamic extremists who may be mixing among the local population.

French military spokesman Col. Thierry Burkhard said Thursday that the operation to secure Gao is still under way, nearly two weeks after French and Malian troops moved into the area. New clashes nearby raised questions about how solid a hold the French military has on the strategic area.

There is a risk of "residual presence" of terrorists mixed among the population, Burkhard said from Paris. Extremists fired rocket launchers at French troops near Gao on Tuesday.



France launched a military operation in Mali on Jan. 11 to help the Malian government restore control. Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaida had imposed severe rule in northern Mali then started pushing toward the capital last month.

In a sign of heightened security, authorities briefly detained three Tuareg men in Gao on Thursday who were stopped after they did not have their identity papers. The men, who came from a nearby village, were in Gao because they had missed their bus to a nearby market. The mayor intervened and the men were released.

Meanwhile French troops began to draw out of Timbuktu, after greater successes in securing the desert city.






Snip2; "Our objective cannot be achieved with arms only," Fabius said in an interview on French television BFM.


[link to www.businessweek.com]



I have a bad feeling.

Last Edited by Chrit on 02/07/2013 09:07 PM
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We must all realize a sink a chair and a pillow are all luxuries of home and a soldiers helmet takes the place of all three.
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MUJWA Texting threats

The Mujao (Movement for the uniqueness and jihad in West Africa) claims the laying of mines that have killed these days many civilians on the main road leading to the north of Mali.

Walid Abu Sarraoui, spokesman for the Islamist group, says "other mines were laid around the cities of northern Mali." For him, in the north, the jihadists have not lost the war, instead they managed to create "a new area of conflict." He also praises jihad against "regimes loyal."...

To write a long text, Abu Walid Sarhaoui used a local cell phone. If it is still on Malian territory, it therefore means that it is in a coverage area, so close to a city. Which confirms the presence of many jihadis in the region. Jihadists who does not admit defeat.

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Mutiny in Bamako & Suicide Bombing in GAO

Heavy gunfire erupted in the west of Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, as government forces exchanged fire with mutinous paratroopers, military sources and witnesses said.

Government forces sealed off the area around the paratroopers' base, as reinforcements arrived to quell the mutiny which was protesting disciplinary measures against some of the unit's members. Smoke was seen rising from the camp...

North of Gao, a Saharan town recently recaptured from the Islamists, a suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up on Friday, injuring one Malian soldier, a Mali military officer said.

Source - r**ters
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Deadly clashes between rival army units in Mali capital

A deadly gun battle in the Malian capital between government soldiers and paratroops loyal to ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure has exposed deep divisions, as French-led forces continue to pursue Islamist rebels further north.

[link to www.france24.com]
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French & Chadian troops secure Tessalit (where Tuareg uprising began)

Source - R**ters Breaking News
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Mutiny in Bamako & Suicide Bombing in GAO

Heavy gunfire erupted in the west of Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, as government forces exchanged fire with mutinous paratroopers, military sources and witnesses said.


 Quoting: DarbyDoom


[link to www.news-panel.com]


French & Chadian troops secure Tessalit (where Tuareg uprising began)

Source - R**ters Breaking News
 Quoting: DarbyDoom


[link to www.globalpost.com]

hf
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Mali turmoil bad for Canadian mining ambitions in West Africa: analysts
[link to www.ctvnews.ca]

Great analysis and interview:
French intervention 'will cost Mali its independence'
Senegalese novelist Boubacar Boris Diop says war was intended to boost Hollande's image and further French interests
[link to news168.co.uk]

Mali's Model Democracy Myth: The international community seems intent on "restoring democracy" to Mali. But it was the pre-coup status quo that led to collapse in the first place.
[link to thinkafricapress.com]


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Bashing of Qatar continues from the Algerian press, except the obvious islamist/terrorism support allegations, the reason this time is that Qatar funded Israeli Likud and Beiteinu parties with $3 and $1.5 million respectively, to support a Jordanian-Palestinian governed federation.
[link to translate.google.gr]

Will Algeria and Qatar manage to overcome their differences?
[link to translate.google.gr]
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Wow IFUN - Great posts - you always follow the money - which means you always follow TPTB

Looks like MUJWA hasn't given up that easily - fighting erupts in GAO

[link to bbc.in]
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Wow IFUN - Great posts - you always follow the money - which means you always follow TPTB

Looks like MUJWA hasn't given up that easily - fighting erupts in GAO

[link to bbc.in]
 Quoting: DarbyDoom


Thanks for kind words Darby. hf

It will be interesting to see how the various militant groups will respond to French and Ecowas forces from now on, they sure retreated far too easily imho. I got the feeling that this isn't over for them yet.

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Last night the Telegraph had article about ethnic cleansing in Timbuktu.

They interviewed last Arab in town. He was almost sympathetic until they introduced his 16 year old wife & their 2 year old daughter. Do the math - gross.

Interesting tidbit - as MNLA (Tuareg group) had sided w/ French - there is real fear of Arab Tuareg civil war once French leave..

[link to www.telegraph.co.uk]

Completely OT for IFUN - Libyans were chatting on twitter about how many Tuaregs live in Libya. One made this interesting observation (paraphrasing) when we talk re: number of Tuaregs in Ghadames or OBari - we are talking about number of nomads who live in area. Most of the settled people who live in those towns are ethnically Tuareg, but we don't consider them to be Tuareg b/c they have settled... We count them as either Arabs or Arabized Amazigh.

So, how many "native" Tuaregs live in Libya (or lived in Libya before 2011) - small number because only the Tuaregs living in tents were counted as such.
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Last night the Telegraph had article about ethnic cleansing in Timbuktu.

They interviewed last Arab in town. He was almost sympathetic until they introduced his 16 year old wife & their 2 year old daughter. Do the math - gross.

Interesting tidbit - as MNLA (Tuareg group) had sided w/ French - there is real fear of Arab Tuareg civil war once French leave..

[link to www.telegraph.co.uk]

Completely OT for IFUN - Libyans were chatting on twitter about how many Tuaregs live in Libya. One made this interesting observation (paraphrasing) when we talk re: number of Tuaregs in Ghadames or OBari - we are talking about number of nomads who live in area. Most of the settled people who live in those towns are ethnically Tuareg, but we don't consider them to be Tuareg b/c they have settled... We count them as either Arabs or Arabized Amazigh.

So, how many "native" Tuaregs live in Libya (or lived in Libya before 2011) - small number because it only the Tuaregs living in tents were counted as such.
 Quoting: DarbyDoom


Sad stories, imagine how many things we're not even learning about what's really happening there and how serious the sectarian violence really is.

Thanks for info about Tuaregs, they too seem to be out of the picture at the moment. An article i posted sometime back was describing them as the Kurds of the Maghreb, not that far from reality imo, so i believe that they'll give it one more shot at some point when/if the conditions are favorable, the usual islamist hijack of their rebellion must have been a serious lesson learned.
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After Mali Comes Niger: West Africa's Problems Migrate East

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
[link to www.foreignaffairs.com]
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BAUCHI, Nigeria — Gunmen attacked a camp for a construction company in rural northern Nigeria, killing a guard and kidnapping seven foreign workers from Britain, Greece, Italy and Lebanon, authorities said Sunday, in the biggest kidnapping yet in a region under attack by Islamic extremists.
[link to www.huffingtonpost.com]

In Mali, the Peril of Guerrilla War Looms
[link to www.nytimes.com]

UNHCR: For Mali's displaced, on-going insecurity an obstacle to return
[link to www.unhcr.org]

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