I smell uranium.
A large, almost completely unexplored sedimentary basin is in Northern Mali.
I was on a flight from Houston to Philly and had a young woman from Mali sitting in the seat next to me who was studying petroleum engineering to be part of the development of the oil industry there. Charming gal. There are other basins in the south but the Taoudeni Basin is probably the most promising.
After years of chasing shadows, the Americans have a real enemy to fight
May 13th 2010 | DAKAR | from the print edition
OPERATION Flintlock has begun. American special forces have been descending on Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal in a joint exercise, expected to last another week or so, to combat Islamist terrorism in the region. It is the latest stage of an evolving partnership between America and much of west Africa. Over several years, Americans have been training their counterparts in these countries in everything from marksmanship and parachuting to the more touchy-feely stuff of winning over hearts and minds.
When the Americans first started talking about al-Qaeda’s threat in the Sahara, many were sceptical. But a sharp increase in the rate of attacks in the past 18 months by what the jihadists call al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, usually abbreviated to AQIM, have convinced even cynics that a threat of sorts does exist.