African Leaders Plan Military Intervention in Mali

African Union leaders have joined talks in Bamako to follow up on a United Nations Security Council resolution paving the way for a West African military force which would oust jihadist forces controlling the north of the country.


But some in Mali are opposed to outside miitary intervention and others are warning that  a poorly conceived campaign could draw many states in the region into a lengthy and bloody conflict, at least as catastrophic as Somalia's two-decade civil war.



  • West Africa:  Jonathan, Global Leaders Brainstorm in Mali Over Al-Qaeda

    This Day, 20 October 2012

    President Goodluck Jonathan was among international leaders who met Friday in Mali's capital to discuss ways of ousting al-Qaida-linked Islamist groups who control the country's ... read more »

  • Mali:  African Union Chief in Crisis Talks

    African Union, 17 October 2012

    The African Union Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is in Mali for a meeting aimed at resolving the Malian crisis. read more »

  • Mali:  Military Intervention Impossible, Until Now

    African Arguments, 17 October 2012

    Nobody seems to know what to do about Mali. In late September, the world's biggest tradeshow in global governance - the UN General Assembly - wound down having made no real ... read more »

  • West Africa:  Mali Intervention Could be Catastrophic

    AfricaFocus, 15 October 2012

    With thousands of nationalist demonstrators in Bamako calling for military intervention to regain control of the north of Mali from Islamic extremists, and a unanimous Security ... read more »

  • Africa:  New AU Chief Vows to Tackle Mali and Sahel Crises

    Sudan Tribune, 15 October 2012

    The new head of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, took office on Monday becoming the first female to assume the top position of the 54 member continental bloc. read more »

  • Mali:  Nigeria Intervenes in Political Crisis

    Daily Trust, 20 October 2012

    President Goodluck Jonathan in Bamako yesterday said the political crisis in Mali needed collective actions to resolve. read more »

  • Mali:  Europeans Plan Military Training

    Magharebia, 16 October 2012

    European Union foreign ministers on Monday (October 15th) tasked foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton with drawing up a plan for a possible mission to train the Malian army, ... read more »

  • Mali:  Security Council Takes Step Towards Military Force

    UN News Service, 12 October 2012

    Citing the threat to regional peace from terrorists and Islamic militants in rebel-held northern Mali, the United Nations Security Council today held out the possibility of ... read more »

  • Africa:  Egypt Welcomes UN Security Council Resolution On Mali

    Egypt State Information Service, 19 October 2012

    Egypt on Thursday 18/10/2012 welcomed UN Security Council resolution No. 2071 on the situation in Mali. read more »

  • Algeria:  Algeria Clarifies Position On Mali

    Magharebia, 15 October 2012

    Military force is still an option to solve the Mali crisis, a top Algerian diplomat says. read more »

  • Mali:  U.S. View of Security Council Resolution On Mali

    United States Department of State, 12 October 2012

    A statement by Victoria Nuland, spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State: read more »

  • North Africa:  Al-Qaeda Centre of Gravity Shifts to Maghreb

    Magharebia, 12 October 2012

    Maghreb countries need to adopt a unified approach to counter the spread of radicals, Tunisia's president says. read more »

  • Mali:  Islamists Lure Back Northerners

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 18 October 2012

    Hundreds of displaced northerners in southern Mali are risking life under Sharia law to return home, lured by the prospect of jobs, free water and electricity, and in some parts, ... read more »