Mali : The Next Quagmire?

From Emergent Africa Thu Jan 17 2013, 16:56:00

Alexis Okeowo writing in the New Yorker:

This past weekend, when France sent troops and warplanes to Mali and launched an air offensive aimed at ousting the Al Qaeda-linked Islamists who control much of the northern part of the country, it didn't think it would have to stay long. "It is a question of weeks," the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, said, according to Al Jazeera. Almost as soon as the operations began, however, it started to look like the task facing France would not be so easy--the Islamist rebels were far better equipped and prepared than had been anticipated. And now, with Americans among a group of foreign nationals that were taken hostage in neighboring Algeria in retaliation for France's involvement in Mali--and then possibly killed during an Algerian military action, though there are conflicting reports about what happened--there's reason to wonder: Is France in over its head? And will it pull the United States down with it?...[continue reading]

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Algérie:   L'OIT met en garde contre les conséquences du stress lié au travail (news)
Algerie Presse Service
30 April 2016

Le directeur général de l'Organisation internationale du travail (OIT), Guy Ryder, a appelé à protéger la santé mentale des travailleurs contre les ... [read more]

Algérie:   Foot / Ligue 2 Mobilis - Le CAB et l'USMBA en L1, lutte acharnée pour le maintien (news)
Algerie Presse Service
30 April 2016

La 29e journée de Ligue 2 Mobilis de football, disputée vendredi et marquée par la défaite sans conséquence des trois premiers : O. Médéa, CA Batna et ... [read more]

Algérie:   Un plan d'action des jeunes scouts musulmans pour faire face à l'extrémisme en milieu juvénile (news)
Algerie Presse Service
29 April 2016

Les jeunes scouts musulmans algériens (SMA), réunis en séminaire vendredi au musée du moudjahid à Béjaia, ont convenu d'élaborer, au terme de leurs ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!


Today's Featured News
Mozambique Ruling Party Faces Tough Contest

Renamo supporters: Ruling Frelimo faces a stern challenge at Wednesday's polls from...

Surge in Central African Republic Violence

African Union troops in Bangui (file photo): The UN has expressed alarm...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Get Crucial Wins

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (file photo): The Super Eagles have boosted their...