Sahel

By IndepthAfrica
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Feb 3rd, 2013
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In Mali, the French have been the margin between civilization and barbarism. Reading accounts of France’s struggles to deploy a few thousand troops to its former colony of Mali, we found ourselves wondering: Whatever happened to the French Foreign Legion? Next thing we know, the city of Timbukt...
By IndepthAfrica
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Jan 25th, 2013
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Ian Birrell, The Guardian Malians wave to French soldiers as a convoy of armoured vehicles leaves Bamako on January 15 for deployment in the north of Mali as part of operation Serval. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images For 10 months the collapse of Mali was largely ignored by the west. A cou...
By IndepthAfrica
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Jan 24th, 2013
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President Obama’s inauguration finally trumped, if only temporarily, the bad news coming out of Mali and Algeria. From the front pages of U.S. newspapers, Americans have been getting a crash course in North Africa’s desolate Sahel region and our fight against an alphabet soup of terrorist organizatio...
By IndepthAfrica
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Jan 23rd, 2013
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By Oussama Romdhani Al Arabiya Nobody could have probably better expressed the declared intent by the West to meet the ongoing challenges in the Sahel and Sahara regions than UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Speaking to the Commons, on Monday, he talked of a “generational struggle” against terrorism,...
By IndepthAfrica
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Jan 21st, 2013
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On January 18 the Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union Habib Benyahya stated during a meeting with EU officials in Brussels that the Maghreb and the European Union (EU) should reflect on a cooperative approach “5 +27″ for the new challenges they face. “The EU has undertaken s...
By IndepthAfrica
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Jan 4th, 2013
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A well armed and supplied Wahabi movement in the African country of Mali, funded by the Saudis, has taken over most of northern Mali and has begun to, amongst other Wahabi practices, destroy tombs of Islamic African kings, the world famous Mansas of Mali that are world heritage sites. This latest in ...
By IndepthAfrica
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Dec 20th, 2012
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By Celeste Hicks Following his most recent visit to Laayoune in November, the UN envoy for Western Sahara Christopher Ross said that “the conflict over the final status of the territory” has gone on too long. Mr Ross is correct in saying the conflict has gone on too long – it’s now 21 years since [&h...
By IndepthAfrica
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Dec 19th, 2012
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(IRIN) – Over 700,000 people could be displaced if military intervention goes ahead next year in northern Mali, according to preliminary estimates by humanitarian agencies, who stress that the numbers are just approximations. This includes some 300,000 internally displaced Malians (a significan...
By IndepthAfrica
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Dec 18th, 2012
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By Celeste Hicks analysis Following his most recent visit to Laayoune in November, the UN envoy for Western Sahara Christopher Ross said that “the conflict over the final status of the territory” has gone on too long. Mr Ross is correct in saying the conflict has gone on too long – ...
By IndepthAfrica
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Dec 18th, 2012
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By Ramzy Baroud, The chances of a political solution are all but completely dissipated and the growing chaos will likely benefit interventionist states like France and the US. ‘Many of us may not be able to point to Mali on a map,’ began National Public Radio show host Neal Conan last Thursday, “but ...