Hollande: We are in “the final phase” of the operation in Mali

On Tuesday February 19, during his visit to Athens, Greece, French president François Hollande announced to the press the death of a second French soldier in Mali since the beginning of the French Intervention, Operation Serval, in January. The Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed that the man killed was 33 year-old staff sergeant Harold […]

Guide to the Conflict in Mali: Part 2

Continued from Part 1 of La Jeune Politique’s Guide to the Conflict in Mali WHY MALI? AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) is a foreign force — the soldiers are not Malian and they apply a radical version of Charia law, a practice alien to the local people and to Malian culture. Many occurrences […]

Guide to the Conflict in Mali: Part 1

HOW WE GOT HERE Since gaining its independence from France in 1960, Mali has been dealing with northern Tuareg separatist movements. This ethnically Arabic group roams the desert in the north of the country and has rebelled many times in hopes of obtaining independence for what they call “the country of Azawad.” Their chance came […]