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2 000 Ecowas troops in Mali within 10 days

2013-01-17 08:30

Bamako – At least 2 000 West African troops forming part of a regional intervention in Mali's French-backed war against Islamic extremists will arrive in Bamako within the next 10 days, official sources said on Wednesday.

West African army chiefs met in Bamako on Wednesday to plot the deployment of at least 3 300 troops to shore up a French offensive against the Islamists who have occupied northern Mali since April 2012.

"Urgency necessitates that everything is speeded up so that 2 000 men from AFISMA (African-led International Support Mission for Mali) arrive in Bamako before January 26," read an internal document from the meeting seen by AFP.

The number was confirmed by Commander Abdoulaye Diakite from the Malian army.

"We have agreed to start by mobilising 2 000 men. Things will move fast because from tomorrow, the Nigerian army will send its first contingent," he said.

"Troops from other countries will quickly follow."

The document circulated during the meeting said: "For the success of the mission it is necessary to coordinate all actions with the French forces."

AFISMA will be led by Nigerian General Shehu Abdulkadir, and the country will also send 900 men, a first contingent of which was meant to arrive on Wednesday, but had not yet landed by the middle of the evening.

The UN-backed intervention force will also include men from Niger, Burkina Faso, Togo, Senegal, Guinea and Ghana. Chad, which is not a member of Ecowas, has also promised to send troops.

Comments
  • john.silver.3572846 - 2013-01-17 08:50

    So to all the twits who see this as some sort of colonial mission, take note of how desperate the rest of West Africa is to cut this cancer out of their countries. Add Kenya, Uganda, TZ and CAR in the East and you should be under no illusion how serious this is.

      honestraymond2003 - 2013-01-17 09:07

      You know little about africa... My country Tanzania is probably the most peaceful country in africa... We are surrounded by kenya, burundi, rwanda and congo and uganda but we remain devoid of any real civil unrest... Think before u comment....

      KUSTAMK - 2013-01-17 09:46

      if you really believe ts not colonial, can you Explain why France is always in the epicentre of African wars? Knowing it as ex colonialists of a number of countries, why does AU trust france with solving African afairs?

      ianmichaelcalder - 2013-01-17 12:03

      Kustamk - Solving African affairs? Tell me again how you've managed to solve Rwanda - When the smoke settled there all that happened is African affairs moved west and another 5 million people died - And for what? If you don't want EU countries or America to involve themselves in African affairs, why do you want their support in feeding the displaced refugees and providing medicine? Or don't you want that either - Because I guarantee you the guys starving to death want it. Show me one African warlord living in a mud hut wearing a loincloth? You guys want Westernism, but you sneer and complain when you get it. The simple fact is given the opportunity, you'd still be ethnically cleansing the entire central Africa.

      KUSTAMK - 2013-01-17 12:48

      Nice ianmichaelcalder, I actually like that their intervention gets to save lives and stuff but have you noticed that at the END they take over the country and start redirecting its profits from the African belonging riches into France, well I am sure you will wonder where does that come from, Check Cote d'Ivoire for example after the French intervened who took over the world's leading producer of cocoa taking everything that would make Africa better, which brings us to the Question who exactly initiate these wars if they are the one that Benefit in the end, and then you tell me how good a job they do for saving Africa, No Sir they are making sure Africa does not afford to stand on its own.....At some point we need not to only look at what seems pretty in the eyes because there's always more, Focus on the motive. Ignorance is dangerous.

  • freddie.miff - 2013-01-17 09:22

    Nice to join the war after the French have done all the work and turned the offensive around. Seems AU troops are only good for monitoring missions.

  • sam.swanpoel - 2013-01-17 09:31

    Kick all the islamist out of africa.

  • KUSTAMK - 2013-01-17 09:39

    I don't trust the the way the name FRENCH always appear on African civil disputes. #woul be intresting to know why#

  • abner.mophethe - 2013-01-17 10:53

    shudnt nigeria sort out boko haram first before deploying to mali?

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