Pentagon (UN) Prepares Invasion of Mali
December 6, 2012
The Pentagon is currently organizing, training and arming an “international” military force to intervene in Mali next year, according to Pentagon and State Department officialdom.
The mercenary force will be led on the ground by Malian and West African troops. Details on the effort emerged in a Senate hearing Wednesday, according to the Washington Post.
Amanda J. Dory, the Pentagon’s deputy assistant secretary for Africa, said no U.S. troops would be involved in the intervention but said it is likely U.S. warplanes will be used to transport African troops and provide them with air cover.
During the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa hearing, Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) called northern Mali “the largest territory controlled by Islamic extremists in the world.”
United Nations Calls for Invasion of Africa
In order to lend an international ambiance to the planned invasion, the UN Security Council on Wednesday ordered sanctions against The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, said to be a splinter group of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
On Thursday, the New York Times reported:
In late November, Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, recommended that the Security Council endorse a plan by the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States to deploy a security force at the request of the Mali government to reclaim the north from the extremists.