Terrorist Haven in Mali, France Pushes for UN Peacekeepers

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France’s foreign minister is seeking for the U.N. vote next month to approve peacekeepers for Mali. These peacekeepers would be put in place because of the Islamic extremists who had taken control of northern Mali. Mali used to have French colonial rule and France is deeply concerned that Mali is becoming a terrorist haven, including links to al-Qaid. Canada has become involved with Mali by sending a C-17 military transport plane. French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, stated, “The entire region’s security is at stake and, in fact, our own security is at risk as well. Not only France or Europe, but all democracies. This is why we can act together.”

Source: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/14/3285295/france-april-un-vote-on-mali-peacekeepers.html

http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/canada-may-contribute-to-mali-peacekeeping-mission-harper-says-1.1195425

-Kelsey (post for the week of 18th-24th)

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7 thoughts on “Terrorist Haven in Mali, France Pushes for UN Peacekeepers

  1. Taylor Shippen says:

    I will be surprised if the UN’s peace keeping force has the stomach for intervening in Mali right now. Their ROE (Rules of Engagement) historically have been so strict that they become useless warm bodies unless they are directly fired upon. Given the nature of terrorism, I’m not sure how effective having extra warm bodies around waiting to be shot at will really help, especially since terrorists do not directly confront their adversaries during attacks. If France wants peace keepers, they’ll need to demonstrate that a peace keeping force would be effective at counter-terrorism (a role which they’ve previously left to national militaries), and that the risk to peace keepers is within the UN’s acceptable range (i.e. negligible). Both of these seem like tough sells, but I’ve been wrong before.

  2. Joshua Dennis says:

    I agree with Taylor Shippen; I am doubtful that U.N. peacekeepers would have much of an impact in Mali even if their presence there were to be approved. The nature of the conflict within Mali at the moment seems beyond the abilities of peacekeeping forces. The conflicts would have to mellow out a bit before the presence of a policing force would have any positive effect on the country.

  3. Taylor I honestly don’t mean to keep piggy backing your comments but it’s just turned out that way. I have been really interested in following France’s operations in Mali. I closely follow a website which is owned and operated by ex-U.S special operators and France’s involvement with Mali has been a hotbed for discussion. It’s difficult for any country to really stomach a “war on terrorism” and France needs to take note from Iraq and Afghanistan. Although French forces have been effective in combat against radical forces and even reporting to have killed top AQ leaders calling in peacekeepers and getting out of dodge won’t do anything in the long run. French SOF troops are good, but they do not specialize in training foreign armies. Taylor is exactly right that Peacekeepers in Mali are just bullet and IED magnets. Like Taylor I don’t see the UN taking the bait, but only time will tell.

  4. It is interesting to see which conflicts the developed world chooses to intervene in. It would appear that France truly believes Mali to be an exceptional ground for terrorism. However, in agreement with the comments above, I am not sure how helpful peacekeeping troops would be in solving this problem.

  5. tylersearle91 says:

    With how much help France has given the US in Iraq and Afganistan, how likely is the US to support them in Mali?

  6. kelseyclark says:

    As of 5 hours ago there was a recent report of more attacks by Islamic militants in the political situation in Mali. If the French government wishes to leave Mali in a safer, more secure, and politically stable situation they may have to stay longer than they initially anticipated, which will almost certainly have effects on the government’s popularity in France.
    http://reason.com/blog/2013/04/03/threat-of-islamic-militant-comeback-in-m

  7. acpotts says:

    I’m wondering who is in charge of these terrorists. Are they a centralized organization, or are they just a network? I read “Small Change: Why the Revolution will not be Tweeted.” that network organizations are less effective. I wonder if the Islamist militants have a leader, or just acting on their own accord.

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