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The US and Mali – Analysis post for September 28, 2012

Open Source Intel Project

In March of this year junior military officers staged a coup in the west Africa nation of Mali. The coup was in response to the resurgent Tuareg uprising in the north of the country, which elements of the military felt were poorly handled by the previous leaders. The junta stepped down in favor of a transitional civilian government, but still wields considerable force.

Mali is a country with ethnic and religious divisions and this contributes to the unrest. However recent events point to a rise in Islamic fundamentalist activity in northern areas of the country. This includes activities attributed to Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MOJWA) and its former parent organization Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. In some areas these group now hold control and reports indicate they are attempting to impose Sharia, a move similar to their approach in other areas…

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