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African Union Leader Wants NATO to Help With Mali Intervention

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African Union Chairman and Beninese President Thomas Yayi Boni is calling for NATO troops to be deployed to Northern Mali in addition to the African force already approved by the United Nations.

NATO member France has pledged to offer assistance but will not commit to sending combat troops.

Boni wants NATO troops to play a role similar to their role in Afghanistan, saying:

Nato should play a part and the African force would lead the way as was done by Nato in Afghanistan,

However, having the African force "lead the way" is what has some concerned. United States U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice called the plans for intervention "crap," expressing concern that the African soldiers that will be deployed do not have the skills necessary for the intervention. From Foreign Policy:

The American envoy's assessment reflected deep misgivings that the Malian army, supported by a Nigerian-led coalition of 3,300 troops from 15 Western African countries has the manpower or the skills required to contend with a battle-tested insurgency with experience fighting in the Sahel's unforgiving desert. Rice's candor also deals a setback to a long, drawn-out effort by France and West African countries to secure U.N. Security Council mandate for a regional intervention force in Mali.

The E.U. mission to Mali aims to train Malian soldiers, not the soldiers to be used in the mission backed by the U.N. As it stands the Malian army, with European training assistance, will join an African force of 3,300 ill-prepared troops in a mission to dislodge Al Qaeda-linked militants from an area larger than Texas. It is not hard to see why Boni thinks the planned intervention could benefit from NATO support.

The intervention in Mali is not scheduled to begin before September. Yet, before the mission has started there are already concerns that the troops being used are not skilled or experienced enough for the mission and that the intervention could lead to terrorist attacks in France. It might be worth NATO members sitting this one out. 

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  1. It might be worth NATO members sitting this one out.

    What, and let the savages sort everything out themselves? How can they live if we don’t bring them civilization?

  2. the intervention could lead to terrorist attacks in France

    Impossible!
    Ron Paul is a kook for suggesting that United States’ intervention in the Middle East could have been responsible for domestic terrorist attacks!
    Can’t have it both ways!
    Intervention does not lead to terrorism!
    Red Tony said so!

    1. Red Tony said so!

      Both of them did.

    2. LOL. The multitude of interventions undertaken by France in NA/ME has not lead to ‘blowback’. Why would another?

      1. Except when you google “terrorist attacks in France” you get a bunch of stuff about Algerian based terrorists killing people, a guy with AQ connections going on a rampage, and a recently thwarted plot by people with connections to Algeria and Egypt.

        Or is that completely unrelated?

        1. Wasn’t the Algerian war of Independence around 50 years ago? I know they can hold a grudge, but sheesh.

          1. We’re talking about people who still want to “take back” Spain from the “Crusaders”.

            1. At this point, they can have al-Andalus!

              And I do remember the Algerians trying to bomb each others various factions in Paris in the 1990s – seemed to involve a lot of trash can bombs – strange.

        2. a guy with AQ connections going on a rampage

          The Islamist anti-semite? The one whose attacks had little to nothing to do with France’s FP? Further proof that AQ’s real motivation is Islamic Supremacy.

  3. I hate those union thugs.

    1. At least, unlike most unions, they’re not trying to keep black people out.

  4. United States U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice called the plans for intervention “crap,” expressing concern that the African soldiers that will be deployed do not have the skills necessary for the intervention.

    Pish tosh and piffle I say! They would make Mali every bit as safe as Ambassador Rice’s post-intervention Libya.

  5. Between Mali and CAR, and the countries we’re already stationed in (Great Lakes and Horn), it might be cheaper to just invade the entire continent rather than take on one country ata time.

    1. Bulk order.

  6. Wow, now why didnt I ever think of that?

    http://www.BigAnon.tk

  7. Reason says fuck you to Timbuktu. Dead nigger storage.

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