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Thread: The war you'll probably hear about next: Mali

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    Default The war you'll probably hear about next: Mali

    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?

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    Just in case some folk are wondering who/where mali is.Mali - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    As for where things go from here, I cant see and Islamic/Jihadist group been allowed to set up shop for long without been looked at by the French first then the US
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    Quote Originally Posted by southwestkerry View Post
    As for where things go from here, I cant see and Islamic/Jihadist group been allowed to set up shop for long without been looked at by the French first then the US

    ....and I can't see either of them heading for the Sahara. Since when has Mali acquired that level of international empathy ? Best to let it go and use the resources to shore up our immigration function.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trampas View Post
    ....and I can't see either of them heading for the Sahara. Since when has Mali acquired that level of international empathy ? Best to let it go and use the resources to shore up our immigration function.
    France is the former colonial master, they have business interests there but also concerns about "Azawad" (northern Mali) being a base for planning terrorist attacks in France as well as funding terrorism in other at risk areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trampas View Post
    ....and I can't see either of them heading for the Sahara. Since when has Mali acquired that level of international empathy ? Best to let it go and use the resources to shore up our immigration function.
    France have long memories of many a part off Africa. The US to add do not like been left out off affairs like this.
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    Odd that the West are supporting the exact same forces in Syria (through Turkey and Saudi Arabia) and are fighting them here in Mali.

    Double standards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southwestkerry View Post
    France have long memories of many a part off Africa. The US to add do not like been left out off affairs like this.
    They do indeed. They even helped overthrow democracies and popular governments in Africa to be replaced by dictators, e.g. Burkina Faso.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Partizan View Post
    Odd that the West are supporting the exact same forces in Syria (through Turkey and Saudi Arabia) and are fighting them here in Mali.

    Double standards.
    No it isn't. Rather large fail even for you.

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    Al-Qaeda already have a heavy influence in Mali, particularly the west of the country, which they practically control. It's no surprise that they are moving in for the kill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Protestant/Catholic=Irish View Post
    Al-Qaeda already have a heavy influence in Mali, particularly the west of the country, which they practically control. It's no surprise that they are moving in for the kill.
    Ivory coast, Nigeria, Mali, Sudan - jeez if they were all 100% islamic there would be no problem. These mythical Islamists are a scourge alright
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