Mali: Nothing Religious, Just Business

13/10/2019 – Mali continues to be the most dangerous UN peacekeeping operation with over 200 dead so far. This is largely due to northern Mali, where most of these deaths occur. There was lots of violence up there since (and before) the peacekeepers arrived in early 2013. The peacekeepers are mainly African and in 2018 the combined forces suffered a death rate of about 130 per 100,000 per year (a standard measure of such things.) The rate in 2017 was nearly double that and that high rate seems to be returning in 2019. A lot of the violence has moved south to central Mali. Continuer à lire … « Mali: Nothing Religious, Just Business »

Analysis: Jihadist exploitation of communal violence in Mali

2017/07/17 . In a press briefing earlier today, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) detailed an alarming rise in communal violence among different ethnic groups in central Mali. Continuer à lire … « Analysis: Jihadist exploitation of communal violence in Mali »

Mali – In central Mali, jihadism and communal conflict make for deadly mix

2018/07/15 – From torched villages to mass graves, new atrocities come to light each week in central Mali’s escalating conflicts.
The heart of the country is becoming its deadliest region, gripped by a mutually-reinforcing mix of jihadist violence and ethnic disputes that are also sharpened by suspected climate change. Continuer à lire … « Mali – In central Mali, jihadism and communal conflict make for deadly mix »

Mali ripe territory for ISIS, local militias — and they often clash

2018/05/07 – A militia in Mali claims it found the vehicle used by four American soldiers killed in an ambush by Islamist militants in neighboring Niger last fall. The discovery indicates how fighters linked to the Islamic State likely traveled between the two countries. Continuer à lire … « Mali ripe territory for ISIS, local militias — and they often clash »