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Post  polka23dot on Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:29 am

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/a-trip-through-hell-daily-life-in-islamist-controlled-north-mali-a-864014.html

http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/pothot/articles/20121206.aspx

http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/mali/articles/20130124.aspx

French blitz In Mali: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htarm/articles/20130208.aspx

http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htwin/articles/20130929.aspx

The Islamic terrorists in northern Mali are suffering from a shortage of competent bomb makers, which was obvious from the crude construction of the terrorist bombs used in the north over the last month. These bombs often do not go off at all or explode prematurely... The Islamic terrorists are largely Arab and Tuareg and their goal, for all intents and purposes is to enslave the majority black African population of Mali by imposing a religious dictatorship. Black Africans in general do not want to be ruled by Arabs, who look down on black Africans and have been enslaving and exploiting them for over a thousand years. Many Malians understand what the Arab Islamic terrorists are up to here, but the Mali leadership is distracted by power struggles and getting rich (via corruption). It’s a sad situation with no easy solution. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/mali/articles/20131012.aspx

Getting all the Islamic terrorists out of northern Mali, and the Sahara Desert in general is proving very difficult because the remaining terrorists have morphed back into gangsters. Their primary source of income is smuggling drugs and people from sub-Saharan Africa to the Mediterranean coast and thence to Europe. The drugs largely consist of cocaine from South America while the people are economic migrants from all over Africa. There is also a steady traffic in weapons from Libya (where vast Kaddafi era stockpiles were looted during the 2011 revolution) to sub-Saharan Africa via Mali and other states on the southern edge of the Sahara. This drug and people smuggling has actually been going on for years and was briefly interrupted in 2013 when the French invaded northern Mali. But now the smuggling operations have adapted to the presence of peacekeepers and French counter-terrorism forces in northern Mali and business continues. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/mali/articles/20140917.aspx
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