varför bombar man mali med flyganfal från frankrikes sida men ABSOLUT inte gå i närheten av syrien där redan för mkt folk har dött?
Why france boombing mali but ABSOLUTLY not syria where to many have been killed already?
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French intervention weakens Mali Rebels
New York. French fighter jets have continued to strike against Islamist strongholds in northern Mali. The surprisingly strong effort has given great power, according to observers.
Despite this attracts the rebels some success.
France’s defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian report that rebel forces captured the city Diabaly in central Mali. He further says that the fighting is not over, then Malian and French forces continue to try to get the rebels to retreat.
Today meet UN Security Council about the conflict. The French notice of the meeting came as French warplanes struck against Gao and Kidal in northern Mali, where the Islamist insurgent groups have established strongholds. About 60 Islamists killed in yesterday’s air strikes in Gao, said AFP referring to residents of the city and the anonymous security sources.
France’s attack appears to be a blow to the Islamists, according to Jeremy Keenan, a professor at the University of London and an expert on the region.
– The French attacked with greater power and efficiency than anyone had expected, he said.
Keenan believe the death toll will rise and be able to show big losses for the Islamists. Several key people are also reported to have been killed.
– I have reliable information that the foot soldiers are leaving the movement, he says.
Support for French bombing is evident in the Malian capital Bamako, reports al-Jazeera English-language channel. Cars with French flags and signs with grateful greetings to French president Francois Hollande running around the streets.
Islamist groups control over northern Mali over the past year has attracted many violent co-religionists to the area. Local leaders have been under Keenan some time talking about the Islamists drawn into a trap. True or not, this conspiracy will now have a field day when Islamist fighters driven out of the cities and can be attacked in the desert in the apparently well-planned French campaign.
– We are dealing with a highly efficient, extremely well-trained, experienced troops, the French special forces, and they are very deadly.
Keenan do not believe in any decisive role in Mali’s weak military, the West African partner organization ECOWAS or EU.
– ECOWAS will be enough when the whole thing is practically over. ECOWAS and the EU are quite similar, there is a lot of talk and little action, he says.
The EU will accelerate its efforts in Mali. The idea is for the EU to assist with the training of the Government of Mali’s army, a task which according to Reuters, is believed to begin in late February or early March.
Michael Mann, spokesman for EU Foreign Affairs chief Catherine Ashton says that he does that EU forces would participate in the fighting.
The Islamist insurgents in northern Mali has failed to exploit divisions within the ethnic Tuaregs independence movement in the North, says Peter Chilson, American journalist and author who has recently written a book on the subject. The Islamists’ support among the population in the region is weak and hundreds of thousands have left their homes and fled to neighboring countries, as well as southern Mali, according Chilson.
– The Islamists have largely succeeded in emptying the northern part of the country and those who have stayed have been subjected to serious crimes – stonings, forced amputations and so on, he said.
The tuaregiska liberation movement MNLA says he is ready to support the French forces in Mali, reports AFP. MNLA has previously opposed foreign intervention.
Chilson says infrastructure in major cities such as Gao and Timbuktu has collapsed due to the expertise required to keep it in operation no longer exists.
Islamist rebels continue to advance south towards Bamako. Today was attacked city Diabaly, around 40 mil from the capital, said Army sources in Mali.
Meanwhile, French warplanes struck the rebel outposts north of Diabaly. Even Douentza have been attacked as witnesses.
France’s defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said French forces are in a difficult situation in the western part of the country, where the rebels are well-armed, but that it has managed to push back the rebels in the east. Nevertheless, he believes that the operation of large developed ”favorable”.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius estimate the time required for the French military mission in Mali to ”a matter of weeks,” reports the French Le Figaro.
Russia believes that France’s military operation in Mali is legitimate under international law. The reason is that Mali actively requested it, reports Interfax.
– We start from the assumption that the operation is limited and temporary, says Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.
For Sweden, it may be necessary to send 12 to 15 military instructors to Mali for deciding whether an EU effort. The idea is that the instructors will be with and fast train Mali’s own security forces of four to five battalions in Bamakoområdet. The security forces would then move up to the combat zone in the northeastern part of the country.
– It is, for example, on general weapons training and combat in small units, says Anders Silwer, Operation Commander of the Armed Forces.
A representative of the Islamist group in northern Mali said that the group will retaliate French air strike.
– France has attacked Islam. We will strike at the heart of France, says Abu Dardar, the leader of the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao).
The group is believed to be a branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), and have the kidnapping of several Europeans on their conscience.
Help organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says he is very worried about the next few days of development in Mali. MSF teams have been reinforced with surgeons to take care of the war wounded. Already accessed Johanne Sekkenes, the organization’s country manager in Mali, to reports of deaths and injuries.
– Injured War has come to the hospital where we work, for example in Timbuktu, but we have no figures and still evaluating the situation, says Sekkenes on the phone to TT from Bamako.
She says the long distances in northern Mali means that many had not yet, or dared, to get to the hospitals.
– No one knows how long this is going to be and what the consequences will be for the locals.
According to MSF, hundreds of refugees from northern Mali crossed the border with Mauritania over the weekend, and more will be on the road.