(SEE: U.S. trains Malian troops) June 9, 2010
Malian special forces drill to fend off an ambush as a U.S. Special Forces soldier gives instruction from a truck in Kati, Mali, during a joint training exercise. More than 200 U.S. soldiers and Marines have deployed in six African countries to take part in Flintlock, a three-week U.S.-led exercise to help some 600 African troops face the rising threat of drug traffickers, al Qaeda-linked terrorists and kidnappers in the vast no man’s land of the Sahara Desert. (Associated Press)
(SEE; Mali soldiers claim to have overthrown government ) March 22, 2012
“The coup leader, Captain Amadou Sanago, is a virtual unknown in Mali, but claims to have received training from the U.S. Marines and American intelligence services.”
[Once again, another Special Forces-trained group of soldiers pulls-off a coup d’etat after receiving sufficient terrorist skills. Elsewhere, the Special Ops-trained foreign Special Forces either form their own death squads, like in Colombia and Guatemala, while in Mexico, they break-off from the national Special Forces, to put their new skills to work for someone like the “Zetas,” expanding their drug cartel turf and enforcing graft for them.]
“Many civil and military leaders in Mali are angry with France, believing it to be quietly supporting the Tuareg rebellion. A senior Malian officer recently suggested France cut a deal with MNLA military chief Muhammad ag Najim, promising support for an independent Azawad if Tuareg troops and officers would abandon Mu’ammar Qaddafi” (Jeune Afrique, March 13).
[(SEE: Rebellion in Mali: the “Tuareg Kaddafi” supporting Bamako) Many of the (MNLA) Tuareg fighters are veterans of the war on Libya (from both sides), most of them are pro-Qaddafi. The MNLA appealed to France for intervention, allegedly against the other “Islamist” bad guys, who are allegedly “al-Qaeda.” In a replay of the “Libya scenario,” we have militants setting the stage for NATO bombers and Special Forces soldiers. But the American people are blind to all of this and most of us have the shortest memories and attention spans. Expecting the American people to democratically move to stop their government’s terrorism and wars of aggression is a grand exercise in futility. The only voice capable of telling the Obama Administration “NO” (the UN) has already blessed any “anti-Islamist” actions that the Western powers choose to inflict upon the very dark-skinned victims of Mali.
The world is on fire and everybody seems to want it that way.]
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Islamist forces based in northern Mali declared on Monday that they will avenge France’s military offensive against them with an attack on French soil.
“France has attacked islam. We will strike at the heart of France. In the name of Allah, we will strike at the heart of France.” Abou Dardar, a leader of the islamist group Mujao (Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa) told French news agency AFP.
Asked where the they would strike , Abou Dardar said “Everywhere. In Bamako, in Africa and in Europe.”
Abou Dardar also said that later today his group would issue a statement concerning the hostages currently held in captivity in the Sahel region. He insisted “As from today all mujahedeen are together.”
Four employees from the French nuclear company Areva and its sub-contractor Satom were kidnapped in Niger and have been held in captivity since 16 September, by the Aqim group (Al Qaeda in the Maghreb). Since November 2011, two French citizens have been held in northern Mali and a seventh person was captured on 20 November in the west of Mali, by the Mujao.
Abou Dardar refused to give details of casualties following the French raids by helicopter and fighter planes targeting armed islamist positions.
Residents of Gao, the main city in northern Mali, say about 60 jihadists were killed in the town during raids led by Rafale helicopters and the French army
France is continuing its bombing raids in northern Mali, with Tiger helicopter re inforcements due to arrive today.
French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius said the operation should be over within “weeks”.
Media reports in France say that about 500 troops will be sent to Bamako, with the primary aim of protecting the 6000 strong expatriate community.
French authorities say their offensive has already blocked the advance of Islamist forces southwards towards the capital, Bamako,
French warplanes attacked rebel stockpiles of munitions and fuel in Afhabo, fifty miles north of Kidal, according to a regional security source. The area is a stronghold of the islamist Ansar Dine group.
A statement from the humanitarian organisation Medecins sans Frontières said a base at Lere, near the border with Mauritania, was also hit.
Meanwhile a West African intervention force is preparing to intervene, with participation from Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.
The French intervention is backed by the European Union and the United States and Britain is providing transport planes.