In the aftermath of the massacre Wednesday at Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine, there are obviously big questions about the attackers, their motives and what it might mean for French society. For more of NPR’s coverage of the attack and of Charlie Hebdo, check out the Two-Way.
An analyst says with job minister Michel Sapin’s announcement that France is bankrupt it is plain to see why it is intervening militarily in resource-rich Mali.In the background of this international criticism is growing over human rights abuses by Malian troops – the UN has accused the country’s army of carrying out multiple summary executions. French President Francois Hollande has visited the West African country of Mali. The country is coping with a French military intervention working with the Malian army with the stated purpose to weed out terrorist cells that have taken over significant areas and have engaged in foreign hostage taking in neighboring Algeria. These terror groups are reportedly from Libya used by the French and it’s Western allies to topple the Libyan government and secure oil fields etc of that country. Observers also speculate that humanitarian reasons is not the only reason why France has intervened militarily in Mali as the country possesses energy and precious metal resources and war may help or distract from serious economic woes at home in France.
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Once the situation is more stable, France wants African troops to do most of the work to wrest the north from the Islamists, as called for under a United Nations Security Council resolution passed in December.
French officials conceded, however, that there were disputes over how African participation would be financed and about the best way to transport troops to Mali. In Paris, French officials said the United States, while willing to help ferry African troops, wanted to bill France for the use of transport aircraft, which officials said would not go down well with the French. The Pentagon favors providing rapid help with transport and even with air-to-air refueling, but the White House is more reluctant, the officials said.
- Rebels leave Malian town after French airstrikes (cbc.ca)
- France Not Backing Down Deploying More Troops to Mali (on.aol.com)
- ‘Al-Qaeda threat used by NATO as smoke screen for re-colonization of Northern Africa’ (rt.com)
- Africa leaders address Mali crisis (bbc.co.uk)
- French military keeps up airstrikes in Mali (dailystar.com.lb)
- African leaders urge action on Mali (bigpondnews.com)
- Residents say Islamists leave Mali town of Diabaly (cnsnews.com)
- France says Canada to help transport African troops to Mali (theglobeandmail.com)
- Reuters Video: France not backing down deploying more troops to Mali (englishblog.com)
In Algeria, at least 22 foreign hostages remained unaccounted for in what has been described as one of the biggest international hostage crises in decades. Islamist militants opposed to the French air strikes in neighboring Mali seized a gas facility near the Libyan border. It remains unclear how many people died on Thursday when Algerian forces stormed the desert gas complex to free the workers. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has acknowledged it is now directly aiding France’s military operation in Mali. We speak to Emira Woods, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. [includes rush transcript]
- NATO funding, arming, while simultaneously fighting Al Qaeda from Mali to Syria (familysurvivalprotocol.com)
- By Design: French Mali Invasion Spills into Algeria (theuglytruth.wordpress.com)
- Algeria attack may have link to Libya camps (cnn.com)
- Kofi Annan Calls Mali “Collateral Damage” of Libya (reason.com)
- Foreigners still trapped in Sahara hostage crisis (news.yahoo.com)
- PressTV: French ops. in Mali: Conflict by design (jhaines6.wordpress.com)
- Kofi Annan Calls Mali “Collateral Damage” of Libya (txwclp.org)
- Algeria Intervenes in Hostage Crisis as Mali’s War Spreads Regional Chaos (world.time.com)
- ‘Pentagon’s hand behind French intervention in Mali’ (rt.com)