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Britain must proceed carefully in Mali:
al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
would love a Western escalation

Telegraph [UK], by Shashank Joshi

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/18/2013 11:38:06 AM

There is a certain irony that the Algerian crisis, having forced a postponement of the Prime Minister’s much-anticipated speech on Britain’s relationship to Europe, may now create new demands on Britain, Germany and others to show greater European solidarity with France, to grow more involved with a campaign whose complexity and regional consequences are becoming clearer. France, which initiated airstrikes and ground operations in Mali this week after unexpected gains by insurgents, has just boosted its troop strength in the country to 1,400. Paris has understandably been eager to get as much help as it can from allies.

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This is what Britons might call a sticky wicket.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: steveW, 1/18/2013 12:03:36 PM     (No. 9124456)

No blood for oil.
A chill wind.
Bush lied, people died.


Reply 2 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 1/18/2013 2:27:44 PM     (No. 9124832)

If you are worried about pissing off the enemy then you have already lost the freakin´ war.


   

 

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/18/2013 2:50:46 PM     (No. 9124880)

This is largely background info from the Brit perspective.

Here it is January 2013.
How many years into the future might we look back and ponder how we didn´t realize just what NATO members were getting into in Mali?
Say... a decade hence?

The take-away acronym here is AQIM.
That´s al-Qaeda Islamic Maghreb.
But... can you also spell the other Q-word?
Q-u-a-g-m-i-r-e.

You heard it here first.


Reply 4 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 1/18/2013 3:16:29 PM     (No. 9124931)

#3...NATO and the US need to train, finance, and stay out of the way of this move to crush Al Qaeda and affiliated Jihadists in North West Africa by African forces led by Nigeria. The African nations already committed have a substantial Muslim populations-Nigeria’s 160million is 50% Muslim, Algeria’s 38million pop is 99%, Chad’s 11million is 54%, Senegal’s 13million is 94%, Mali’s 15.5million is 90%, and Togo’ 7million is 20%. They don´t want to look back 10 years from now and see one radical Islamic region across North and West Africa. They see no choice but to eliminate the terrorists, not appease them, and we outta be for that!

The last sentence of this article is correct: Yet, as was the plan before the French stepped in, it is regional African forces that should still take the lead in taking on jihadists.


Reply 5 - Posted by: Random Noise, 1/18/2013 9:42:32 PM     (No. 9125564)

American expats working in Arabia or North Africa know the risks. And we know our country views a certain level of slaughter
acceptable. As long as the nuts dont hit the US at home.



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