Always wondered where Timbuktu was? It’s in Mali (old French Sudan aka the Sudanese Republic) which France has occupied to help push back militant Islamic radicals trying to take over the nation (as in NIgeria, Sudan and other places).
Mali has been occupied for nine months by A-Qaeda linked ‘terrorists’ during which time many abuses took place. Local people are now meeting out reprisals against “collaborators.”
Several lynchings have been reported after areas of Mali were liberated by Mali and French troops over the weekend.
Many Arab and Tuareg nationals have fled towards the Mauritania border afraid of reprisals because of their ethnic connections with the Islamic rebellion.
The coalition of various Islamic groups fractured recently, and into that fragility the French government moved amid jihadist plans somewhat coupled to aspirations for an independent Tuareg state in Mali.
International donors, such as japan, are backing the liberation, with more than $534 million (NZ) pledged to the French campaign and for humanitarian food support.
Mali marks a turning point in European/Western responses toward the spread of Islamic jihad.
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