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Mali update: France begins a ground adventure in the mountains

As a follow-up to my post yesterday, news reports today that French Special Forces clashed with militants deep in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains seem to demonstrate further that France is taking its vow to eliminate terrorist threats in Mali … Continue reading

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Introducing the Mali map!

I’m proud to introduce today the official Notes on the Periphery “Mali map”! This map will serve as a tracker of sorts – charting (1) clashes with rebels, (2) significant towns recaptured by the French/ECOWAS intervention (or the Tuareg-led enemy-turned-ally … Continue reading

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Mali: France vient à la rescousse (France to the rescue)

By the time French forces touched down in Mali on January 11, a bulwark of naysayers had already formed. The French military, while tactically adept and no stranger to West Africa, would nonetheless have trouble suppressing well-armed militants occupying northern … Continue reading

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