January 18, 2013 |
THE TAKING of American hostages by Islamic militants who attacked a gas field in Algeria on Wednesday served to underline the reality that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and the jihadist factions affiliated with it pose a direct threat to the United States. The group is active not just in Algeria and neighboring Libya — where it is believed to have played a role in the fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi in September — but also in Mali, where militants have taken over territory the size of Texas and threatened to capture...
December 11, 2012 |
NAIROBI — Mali's prime minister was arrested and forced to resign Tuesday by soldiers who orchestrated a military coup in March, bringing fresh turmoil to the West African country, which is also struggling with the seizure of its north by Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda. The arrest of Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra late Monday as he was preparing to leave for Paris for medical treatment was followed a few hours later by his forced resignation, along with the dissolution of his government.
August 27, 2013 |
IN THE past 18 months, Mali, an arid, landlocked nation of 16 million people in the heart of West Africa, has seen more than its fair share of troubles and traumas. An ethnic uprising uprooted the social fabric and, in the months that followed, a sect of radical Islamists with ties to al-Qaeda joined forces with ethnic Tuareg separatists to carve up the country's north, imposing sharia law and destroying the ancient city of Timbuktu in the process. Then came the military coup in Bamako, the capital ;...
April 30, 2013 |
The Pentagon has deployed a small number of troops to Mali to support allied forces fighting there, despite repeated pledges by the Obama administration not to put "boots on the ground" in the war-torn African country. About 10 U.S. military personnel are in Mali to provide "liaison support" to French and African troops but are not engaged in combat operations, said Lt. Col. Robert Firman, a Pentagon spokesman. Twelve others are assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Bamako, the capital, he added.
January 18, 2013
The choices that U.S. officials are reportedly considering for a military intervention in Mali have grave implications [" U.S. weighs military aid for France in Mali ," news story, Jan. 16]. The Post reported that a senior U.S. official said, "Contingency plans for the use of armed drones were already in place and are being reevaluated. " Congress has not authorized U.S. military action in Mali. Without such authorization, the Obama administration cannot send armed drones to Mali under the War Powers Resolution.
January 11, 2013 |
FOR MONTHS, it has been evident to many global observers that a military intervention would be necessary in Mali, where Islamist radicals seized the northern half of the country last April. But planning for such an operation by African nations was prolonged, and though the U.N. Security Council approved an intervention, its deployment was not envisioned until this autumn. On Friday, French President Francois Hollande sent troops to Mali to confront the radicals, a decisive break in the international strategy and one that signals difficult choices to...