Other threads have reported on Islamist forces gaining control in northern Mali but the situation seems to be escalating quickly.
The title of the thread comes from the CNN GPS report on the situation
(South) Malian Government and ECOWAS backed by EU and US are preparing to retake northern Mali.
France has applied for UN approval for EU forces to train the Malian army. The current figure is 200. Trainers would be sent from EU member states to train Malian forces, this has German (significant considering their opposition to Libyan intervention) support but the EU (as usual) is not prepared to put their forces in harms way.
The US also seems to be on board. Mali was mentioned during the US Presidential election debate and reports in the Guardian claim that the US and France are co-operating to send drones to Mali.
The strategy would seem to be an assault next year led by Malian forces but backed by ECOWAS forces and with help through intel and perhaps air-strikes from EU/US forces.
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The causes and events leading to this point have been discussed somewhat in other threads but what are peoples thoughts on possible intervention?