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Another Obama 'Humanitarian or Kinetic War'?: Pentagon Prepares Invasion of Mali

Another Obama 'Humanitarian or Kinetic War'?: Pentagon Prepares Invasion of Mali

A military operation in Mali, however, will inevitably be messy and unpredictable. The chronic instability in the country, one of the world’s poorest and riven by tribal divisions and corruption, has rapidly worsened since Islamist extremists took control of northern Mali — a chunk of territory the size of Texas — this year.

Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa, called northern Mali “the largest territory controlled by Islamic extremists in the world.”

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This city on the northernmost part of the river Niger, at the edge of the Sahara, was a thriving centre of commerce from the 13th century. There, merchants traded in gold, salt and other commodities. Europeans first arrived to the city in the 19th century, but historians like explorer Ibn Battuta described the city with admiration some five hundred years earlier.


Published on Dec 5, 2012 By senatorchriscoons

U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) took to the Senate floor on December 5, 2012 to urge his colleagues to stand with the people of Mali in order to end an al Qaeda takeover from occurring in the northern part of the country.

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