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  •  When I Was Trying To Figure Out What Was (3+ / 0-)
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    mali muso, sephius1, a gilas girl

    going on in Mali, and I admit I literally didn't even know the country existed, I found that the group of folks that are trying to overthrow the current government, which don't seem like very "nice" people either, the US trained them. I mean WTF.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 02:00:28 PM PST

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    •  quite a bit more complicated (8+ / 0-)

      In short, there are at least 4 different groups (and one of them is supposedly splintered yet again) who are on the opposing side.  Most of them are made up of foreign elements associated with Al Qaeda who are trying to impose sharia and chaos on an unwilling populace.  At least one group is more secular and thought they were fighting for an independent homeland for their ethnic group (the Tuareg).  An unholy alliance between them has led to the nationalist interests being pushed aside in favor of the religious extremists.  

      As for the US involvement, indeed the US had done a fair bit of military training of the Malian military.  Due to prior agreements with the Tuareg in the north (as part of the terms of agreement ending previous rebellions), a lot of Tuaregs were given high posts in the military and given the lack of economic development in the north, many of them were in the army.  Quite a number defected last year as part of this attempt to get "independence".  

      There's a LOT more to be said, but at the risk of turning this comment into a diary, let me just drop some links to good round-ups and analysis that will explain it better.

      Behind the Mali conflict
      Making sense of Mali
      France in Mali: the end of the fairytale

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