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UN Security Council Unanimously Endorses War in Mali, North Africa

posted Dec 21, 2012 20:00:30 by Consfearacynewz
US Official: Military Action Needed in Mali
The apparent haven of radical Islamists in Mali is a consequence of US interventionism and now justifying further intervention
http://news.antiwar.com/2012/10/02/us-official-military-action-needed-in-mali/
by John Glaser, October 02, 2012



A top US official told the Associated Press that military action will be needed to eliminate radical Islamists from the haven they’ve developed in northern Mali.

Johnnie Carson, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs, told reporters that the thuggery and terrorism that these extremist militants are responsible for “must be dealt with through security and military means,” which can help establish a “strong, credible government” in Mali.

Carson’s statement is notable for several reasons. First, the apparent safe haven that these militant Islamists have in northern Mali is a direct result of the US-NATO war in Libya. When mercenaries returning from Libya waged a military coup in Mali, extremists flooded to the area to take advantage of the resulting power vacuum. That their presence is now justifying further military intervention is ironic to say the least.

Furthermore, American military action that aims to eliminate extremist groups in lawless regions and set up a “strong, credible government” has a terrible track record as a policy option, as the failing quagmire in Afghanistan has demonstrated.

Finally, in every US military intervention since 9/11 extremism and militancy has been fostered instead of eliminated. In Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, in Yemen, in Libya, and in Somalia – problems of extremism and terrorist groups worsened following intervention. Why intervening in Mali will be any different is a mystery.

Carson did say that “any military action up there must indeed be well planned, well organized, well resourced, and well thought through,” adding that, “it must, in fact, be agreed upon by those who are going to be most affected by it.”

Here Carson is referring to the African nations surrounding Mali, the regional bloc known as ECOWAS. In keeping with the Obama administration’s supposed ‘leading from behind,’ Washington has been pressing neighboring countries to take action, and probably offering them economic and military goodies to do so.

But Obama’s penchant for low-key militarism – special operations forces, drones, and secret wars as opposed to grand military invasions – has probably already begun to crop up in Mali. Administration officials have been hinting about expanded operations in the region, all without the permission or knowledge of the American people or Congress.
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Consfearacynewz said Dec 21, 2012 20:00:56
White House secret meetings examine al-Qaeda threat in North Africa

By Greg Miller and Craig Whitlock, Published: October 1

The White House has held a series of secret meetings in recent months to examine the threat posed by al-Qaeda’s franchise in North Africa and consider for the first time whether to prepare for unilateral strikes, U.S. officials said.

The deliberations reflect concern that al-Qaeda’s African affiliate has become more dangerous since gaining control of large pockets of territory in Mali and acquiring weapons from post-revolution Libya. The discussions predate the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. compounds in Libya but gained urgency after the assaults there were linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM.

U.S. officials said the discussions have focused on ways to help regional militaries confront al-Qaeda but have also explored the possibility of direct U.S. intervention if the terrorist group continues unchecked.

“Right now, we’re not in position to do much about it,” said a senior U.S. counterterrorism official involved in the talks. As a result, he said, officials have begun to consider contingencies, including the question of “do we or don’t we” deploy drones.

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/white-house-secret-meetings-examine-al-qaeda-threat-in-north-africa/2012/10/01/f485b9d2-0bdc-11e2-bd1a-b868e65d57eb_story.html
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Consfearacynewz said Dec 21, 2012 20:01:13
UN Security Council Seeks Mali Invasion Plan
Wants Specifics of Azawad Invasion Within 45 Days

http://news.antiwar.com/2012/10/12/un-security-council-seeks-mali-invasion-plan/

by Jason Ditz, October 12, 2012
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The United Nations Security Council has expressed “grave concern” about the situation in the northern 2/3 of Mali, also known as Azawad, which has been out of the control of the Malian regime since March, when the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (NMLA), a Tuareg secessionist movement, ousted the military from the region.

Today’s resolution endorsed the idea of attacking Azawad to impose Malian rule on them in theory, and has asked the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for a specific invasion plan to be delivered within 45 days.

Once the plan is delivered, the Security Council is expected to push a resolution authorizing the invasion, with the prospect of Western and African Union backing for the invasion of the region.

US officials have expressed support for the occupation of Azawad, though some Western leaders have suggested that Mali needs to hold actual elections to replace the junta-appointed “interim” government before the invasion,
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