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    Default Mali mainly, 2012 coup, drugs & more

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    Default Tuareg militias again clash with Islamic State-loyal militants in northern Mali

    An illustration how complicated northern Mali can be.
    Link:https://www.longwarjournal.org/archi...thern-mali.php
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    Default Mali the deadliest peacekeeping mission in the world - now Canada joins

    A succinct summary by a Canadian academic (in the 2nd link) after Canada's decision to deploy:
    Canada plans to deploy two Chinook transport helicopters and four Griffon attack helicopters to provide armed escort and protection in the fight against Islamist militants in the violence-torn West African nation.
    Link:https://www.theglobeandmail.com/feed...ticle38299902/

    He ends with:
    This is a simple snapshot of the conflict landscape that Canada is entering. As our forces prepare for the challenges ahead, serious questions must be asked of our government about how to ensure that Canadian blood and treasure are not wasted, and that we do not leave Mali worse off than when we arrived. Every single tough lesson from Afghanistan, Somalia and Rwanda must be brought to bear.
    His three reasons in brief:
    First, Mali is awash with ethnic and tribal warfare that can seem near-incomprehensible to outsiders. Secondly, while Platform and CMA clash, the Islamists in northern Mali have embarked on a unity campaign. Thirdly, Canadian forces are entering the heart of Mali’s volatile war economy, and the armed groups in the region where Canada will be based are implicated in criminal networks that traffic narcotics, humans and weapons across the region. The fact is, these ethnic militias are directly profiting from the political chaos.
    Link:http://w.theglobeandmail.com/opinion...ssion-to-mali/
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    Default The Foreign Legion in Mali

    A week old, short French TV documentary (21 mins) on a three month tour to Mali by a French Foreign Legion detachment, as part of Operation Barkhane; the reporter was with them for six days and not a shot was fired.
    Link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK8T3IxQo4M
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    A recipe for perpetual conflict and not just in the Tuareg north. A quick overview after the missing vehicle for the ambush of US & Niger patrol.
    Link:https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...nce/546985002/
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