|Africa Focus: Imperial Jockeying in Africa: U.S. Intervention Sets to Deepen|
Wednesday, February 20 @ 14:57:52 UTC
By Ben Schreiner|
February 20, 2013 - workingleft.blogspot.com
As “the peril of guerrilla war looms” for the French in Mali, the United States prepares to step-up its intervention across Africa.
Speaking in Bamako on Tuesday, U.S. Senator Christopher Coons, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stated that direct U.S. military support of the Malian government is likely to resume after the country’s July elections.
“After there is a full restoration of democracy,” Coons said, “I would think it is likely that we will renew our direct support for the Malian military.”
(The U.S. suspended direct military aid to Mali following a coup last year by a U.S.-trained Malian officer.)
Coons went on to deem al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) a “‘very real threat’ to Africa, the United States and the wider world.”
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