Last edited by IvoShandor; 22nd January 2013 at 07:13 PM.
Behind Mali’s conflict: myths, realities & unknowns | Bridges from BamakoWhere oil and gas are concerned, talk of Mali’s “oil wealth” is premature: while Mali has potential reserves, it has zero proven reserves, and despite its government allocating 700,000 square kilometers for drilling since 2005, no wells have been drilled yet (see Jeune Afrique). No major multinational energy companies have even bought drilling rights in Mali: the only companies who have are Italy’s ENI, Algeria’s SONATRACH, Canada’s Selier Energy, and a few other minor players with high risk tolerance. Even before the present conflict began a year ago, the Malian Sahara’s remoteness and chronic insecurity made it a no-go zone for most investors. Military intervention will not change that for the better.
Still not willing to address any points made, I see.
According to Algerian officials the attack on In Amenas was being planned for two months. Which would put the start of the planning somewhere in November. Obviously France had not yet intervened at that time, nor had the Security Council authorized an intervention. This would indicate that France's intervention was used as an excuse, but that in reality France's intervention only influenced the timing of the attack and was not the reason for it.
It should be noted that, in the words of Geoff Porter:
This would be a tacit admission by Algerian officials that this attack would have come even without the French intervening in Mali. While it may have raised the likelihood of these attacks, the Algerian officials seem to tacitly concede that this one (at least) was already going to come.Algiers also cautioned that any military approach to the instability in northern Mali was likely to only escalate the conflict and raise the likelihood of Islamist terrorist attacks in Algeria.
The attackers moved in from Northern Mali, again indicating why the area must be brought back under government control.
Last edited by Justinian; 23rd January 2013 at 09:37 AM.
The French campaign is going well with support for the Mali people and Northern Mali should be secured in another month or so.
If I were the French commander I would launch simultaneously ground attacks in the direction of Timbuktu and Gao and force the Islamists to retreat across their entire front and then take Kidal in a pincer movement.
The rest of the enemy could be mopped up.
Last edited by Hitch 22; 23rd January 2013 at 11:13 AM.