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Feb 11, 2013

Hollande’s premature victory soiree ignores fragile Mali

French President Francois Hollande is claiming victory against the Islamic insurgents in Mali after a quick campaign. But that's ignoring the Islamic fighters hiding near Algeria.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

It probably felt satisfying being French President Francois Hollande during his almost George W. Bush-like “mission accomplished” moment in Timbuktu recently. French forces spearheaded a quick campaign in Mali to defeat Islamist insurgents, saving the country’s fragile, government from collapse and the preventing the establishment of a new home for Islamist global terrorism.

But the 3500 French troops — around a third of the anti-Islamist forces in Mali — are now preparing to leave. What they are leaving is displaced and desperate Islamist fighters holed up in the inhospitable Ifoghas Mountains in northern Mali’s border with Algeria.

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One thought on “Hollande’s premature victory soiree ignores fragile Mali

  1. John Bennetts

    Pedants’ Corner…

    “…what lays ahead.” (2nd last para.)

    Presumably meant to say “… what lies ahead.”

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