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Message Subject Watch as it Develops - The Staged War Against Islamists in Northern Mali
Poster Handle Anonymous Coward
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Thanks to Anita Hunt for the Heads Up....

Looks like France just purchased Niger's cooperation in upcoming war (this would be only country neighboring Azawad (Northern Mali) that will participate in intervention)...

Niger Secures $4.8B in Donor Cash...

Niger secured pledges of $4.8 billion (3 billion pounds) from international donors at a conference in Paris on Wednesday, giving President Mamadou Issoufou’s government the funds to press ahead with a four-year plan to alleviate poverty.

Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries despite its oil and uranium reserves, convened the Paris roundtable meeting with donor nations to seal the funding for its 2012-2015 economic and social development plan.

“We have been able to mobilise $4.8 billion, just higher than the needs we identified,” Planning Minister Amadou Boubacar Cisse told a news conference...

Niger, one of the world’s newest oil producing nations, has become of increasing strategic importance since a Tuareg rebellion in neighbouring northern Mali was taken over by a mix of local and foreign Islamists.

[link to www.euronews.com]
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