Skip to comments.Mali's army suspected of abuses and unlawful killings as war rages
Posted on 01/19/2013 3:48:00 PM PST by BenLurkin
...offensives by Malian and foreign military forces are beginning to gain pace in north and central Mali. On Saturday French foreign minister Laurent Fabius called for a faster deployment of other African forces, before a meeting of African leaders in Ivory Coast. Around 5,000 African soldiers are expected to join the French forces in Mali. So far several hundred Nigerian and Togolese troops have arrived.
But analysts link the war in Mali and the kidnapping crisis in Algeria, and predict a possible terror threat throughout the west African sub-region, where a tradition of religious tolerance and lack of security makes many cities soft targets.
"This situation is going to get messy and stay messy," said Andrew Lebovich, a Dakar-based researcher on the Sahel and north Africa region. "I don't know if there will be a wave of attacks in west Africa, but I do think that what just happened in Algeria is a sign...."
In Mali....[t]he traditionally nomadic Tuareg population, many of whom are among the hundreds of thousands of refugees sheltering in neighbouring countries, have been singled out for reprisal attacks. Amnesty says that it has evidence of extrajudicial killings of Tuareg civilians, indiscriminate shelling of a Tuareg nomadic camp and the killing of livestock, on which the nomadic population rely for survival.
Relations with Mali's Tuaregs estimated to comprise between 3% and 10% of the population have been in crisis since Tuareg separatists were accused of killing Malian soldiers last year in the northern town of Aguelhok, one of the factors sparking the 22 March coup.
The resulting power vacuum in Bamako then led to a Tuaregled offensive, which resulted in northern Mali first falling under Tuareg control, then under the Islamists, splitting the nation.
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Just what I was thinking. Apparently, they need to be nicer and more tolerant of the Muslims who are coming to enslave them.
I don’t see these guys complaining when the Muslims murder Christian women and children, burn churches, or enslave blacks.
Cut them some slack, it’s a long ways from Geneva to Mali.... about 10,000 years.
Wait for it... Obama is ready to announce the illegitimacy of the Malian government. Make way for the Muztard Brotherhood!
Are they killing Muslims? If yes, that is GOOD. If not, get it done. Allah will know his Muslim followers.
I missed the news of Amnesty International condemning the taking of hostages in Algeria and...
It would appear that the disease of tribalism survived colonialism. The results are worse than the cure.