Algeria – Mali: Conflict and Terror Part III

Algeria in red, Mali in green

6: The French intervention According to THEMEPARKTOUR.COM, ECOWA’s intervention in Mali was scheduled to take place in early September 2013 – for several reasons. They wanted to secure international financial support. They wanted a political process with Ansar to split them from AQIM and MOJWA , and they also needed a government partner in Bamako with a popular mandate and a reorganized Malian army as a military partner. None of…

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Algeria – Mali: Conflict and Terror Part II

The Great Mosque in Djenne, Mali

For a period, a security vacuum arose with looting, murder, rape of residents on mass flight. Three different Islamist groups therefore moved into this space of power and created a certain form of order, but also a strictly Islamic rule without roots in local religious traditions. This was the situation until the rebels again moved south (January 2013), and panicked leaders in the capital begged France for help. France intervened,…

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Algeria – Mali: Conflict and Terror Part I

The Tuaregs are often referred to as the blue people

The terrorist attack on the gas plant in In Aménas in Algeria ended in tragedy. The plant was operated by the Norwegian company Statoil and British BP together with the state-owned Algerian company Sonatrach. 800−900 people worked at the plant, and they came from a number of countries. Among the hostages killed, we find people from 8 countries – including Norwegians. Where is the line between pure crime and politically…

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