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Mali: Quagmire In The Making

From the Guardian, on the Islamist rebels attack on Gao: Black-robed Islamic extremists armed with AK-47 automatic rifles invaded Gao in wooden boats on Sunday to launch a surprise attack on the most populous city in northern Mali, two weeks … Continue reading

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The “Arab Spring’s” Winter Of Discontent

An excellent piece in the Guardian on the rising Salafist threat in Africa: Late last year, largely unnoticed in the west, Tunisia’s president, Moncef Marzouki, gave an interview to Chatham House’s The World Today. Commenting on a recent attack by … Continue reading

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Mali: Deeper Into The Growing Quagmire

From today’s NYT: WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is debating how much more aid it can give the French military forces who are battling Islamic militants in Mali, weighing the benefit of striking a major blow to Qaeda-linked fighters in … Continue reading

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US Role In Mali Escalates

From the AP: U.S. Africa Command says American planes have begun transporting French troops and equipment in support of the country’s mission in Mali And so it begins.

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“A Difficult Slog”

Today’s NYT, on the situation in Mali: Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, traveling in Spain, said that France faced a difficult task in taking on the extremists and that the Pentagon remained in talks with the French about what sort … Continue reading

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Mali: The Next Theater In The “War On Terror”?

JCS Chairman Martin Dempsey, as quoted in Stars & Stripes in December 2012: Meanwhile, when it comes to operating in hot spots in Africa such as Mali, which in the past year has become a haven for terrorist groups, the … Continue reading

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MI6’s Mark Allen: Al Qaeda would simply scatter elsewhere

From today’s Guardian piece on Britain’s role in facilitating rendition by the USG: The book reveals that [MI6 counterterrorism chief Mark] Allen (who was later to develop a cosy relationship with Gaddafi’s intelligence chiefs) expressed concern after the post-9/11 meeting … Continue reading

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