Here are a few articles on the ongoing turmoil in Mali. Haven’t noticed much, but perhaps that is because I haven’t been watching closely. 3/3/17 – France 24 – Three jihadi groups active in Mali announce merger – The three groups that have merged include: Ansar Dine Al-Murabitoun Macina Brigades The new name will be … Continue reading “Mali and Central Africa Republic update – 7/1”
Turmoil continues in Mali. A few recent articles I noticed: European Union decides to keep their troops in the fight Another round of retaliation for retaliation Five countries will add troops to the counter-terrorism efforts in the Sahel 1/19/17 – Strategy Page – Mali; Europe Agrees to Stay and Fight – European Union has decided … Continue reading “Mali and Central African Republic update – 2/17”
A few articles I’ve seen on Mali and Central African Republic: (Update: Oops. Title of post corrected. I dropped an “n”.) 11/28 – AP at Bismarck Tribune – Mortar attack on UN base in North Mali kills three, injures 20 – An estimated six mortar rounds were fired at a UN base in Kidal, killing … Continue reading “Mali and Central African Republic update – 11/30”
Media coverage of the tragedy in Central African Republic is taking on a slanted, agenda-laded bias worthy of American media in a U.S. presidential race. (I have been sitting on this post for months. Think it is time to post.) Shouldn’t be necessary, but I suppose it is necessary to say I denounce the destruction of … Continue reading “Biased, slanted, propagandistic updates on Central African Republic”
Not a lot of news from Mali and CAR. Here are a few articles I’ve noticed from recent months. Two terrorist attacks this weekend. 9/19/14 – Wall Street Journal – Spare a Thought for This Little-Noticed Disaster – Charlize Theron calls attention to the humanitarian disaster in Central Africa Republic. She provides good background.
Not a lot of news from Mali and CAR. More likely I’ve not been paying much attention. 7/19 – The Feed – France Sets Up Permanent Anti-Terror Force in Africa –
Iraq seems to have blown up in the last week or so. Is it really necessary to say I don’t have a clue what is happening? To see what give me a vague, fuzzy hint of something that looks like a clue, check out… 6/16 – American Interest – The Middle East and Beyond – … Continue reading “Mali and Central Africa Republic update (and Iraq) – 6/17”
A few updates on the conflicts in Mali and Central Africa Republic. Mali 3/22 – Economist – Hurry up, or it’ll be too late –
Not much news to mention on Mali, which is probably a reflection on my attentiveness. Sad news continues to come out of CAR. Mali 12-7 – Economist – Taken down a peg – Behind the indictment and pending trial of the captain who led the coup leading to the current instability, the Economist staff see continuing … Continue reading “Mali and Central Africa update – 2-16-14”
Not a lot of news from Mali, but perhaps that is just a reflection on my limited observation abilities. I’ve also been watching as conditions in Central Africa Republic disintegrate. Unlike most people, I’m aware of the country. Why? Many years ago I actually had my feet on the ground for a day. A few … Continue reading “Mali and Central Africa Republic update – 12-10-13”
The Department of Defense has established reimbursement rates for the airplanes and helicopters in the military inventory. If I’m reading this right, these are the hourly rates for reimbursement when an aircraft or helicopter is loaned out. This seems to be usable as an estimate for the operating costs of airplanes. I previously discussed Operating costs … Continue reading “Operating costs of military aircraft using reimbursement rates as an approximation”
The US is increasing its troops and surveillance resources in Africa. 10/10 – Strategy Page – Intelligence: Long Eyes in Central Africa – (Yeah, I’ve been holding this post for a while.) The U.S. is building its second airbase in Africa, this time in Agadez, Niger. Aerial surveillance aircraft will fly out of the base … Continue reading “U.S. increasing drone and aircraft resources in Western Africa”
Just a short recap of the last few days. The U.S. has started flying supplies into Mali on behalf of the French forces (Reuters – U.S. beings transporting French troops, equipment to Mali). There are reportedly two flights a day to Bamako, the capital.