World Politics Review: As Crisis Gathers, Northern Mali Needs More Than Just Military Intervention

Since April, when two Tuareg rebel groups drove government forces out of northern Mali, the situation in the sparsely populated region has steadily worsened. The lightning advance of the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad (MNLA), which seeks independence for the Tuareg homeland, and Ansar Dine, which has an Islamist agenda, triggered a coup of disgruntled junior officers against President Amadou Toumai Touré, with the resulting political instability in Bamako leaving the army incapacitated and the rebels the effective rulers of roughly half the country’s territory. Though the two groups worked together to launch the rebellion, Ansar Dine ...

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ThinkAfricaPress: Tuareg Rebels Capitalise on Mali’s Coup

ThinkAfricaPress: Tuareg Rebels Capitalise on Mali's Coup
While all eyes are on the coup d’état in Bamako, the situation in the north of Mali remains volatile. Taking advantage of the apparent confusion in the Malian army, Tuareg rebels have captured Anefis, a strategically important military base north of Gao. This has put them into a prime position to move on Kidal, one of the main cities in the north. The city is reported to be surrounded by forces of the rebel MNLA and Ansar Dine groups, with unconfirmed reports already talking of its capture. […] Read the rest on ThinkAfrikaPress! While all eyes are on the coup d’état in Bamako, the situation in the ...

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Some more thoughts on the coup in Mali

Some more thoughts on the coup in Mali
  The situation is still very much in flux in Bamako, where a coup dislodged the government of President Touré from power at least temporarily. Here are some thoughts, reflections and questions that I’m stuck with after monitoring this coup for the last few days: This is a really amateurish coup ThinkAfricaPress has analysed this quite well. The coup leaders seem to be more surprised than anybody that they are “in power” now (whatever that means, see below). They are all junior officers and there is little indication that they got the support of the top brass of the army ...

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The coup in Mali: possible ramifications

The coup in Mali: possible ramifications
I originally planned to give you a roundup of what has happened in Mali since yesterday. But then I realized that several other people did this already and probably better than I ever could. Check especially here and here and here if you are looking for something like that. I will instead focus on something different: what are the possible effects of the coup? This is of course a highly speculatory question, as the coup is not even over yet (President Touré is still holed up in Bamako with an elite army unit guarding him). But I think that the ...

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Tuareg uprising is now an “Islamist Rebellion”

Tuareg uprising is now an
The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council met in Bamako on Tuesday to discuss (among other things) the armed uprising in Mali. Just that it isn’t any armed uprising anymore, its now an “Islamist rebellion”. The ministers cited in the article put great emphasis on the involvement of a group called “Ansar Dine”, which demands that Sharia law is introduced in Mali. To the layperson, it may even look like Ansar Dine is the main faction inside the rebellion against the government. Oh, and “criminal groups” are also linked to the rebellion. Now, there is of course involvement of ...

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