June 11, 2012
Tags: islamic terror, mali, terrorism
Rev 6:3-4 NCV When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" Then another horse came out, a red one. Its rider was given power to take away peace (prosperity, rest) from the earth and to make people kill each other (butcher, slaughter, to maim violently, in streets), and he was given a big sword (assassins sword, terrorist, loud, mighty, sore afraid).
French President Francois Hollande stated that Mali could become a home for Islamic terrorist groups and become a major threat to the entire region. His comments came during meetings with Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou. Issoufou shared that he had information Malian rebels are being trained by Pakistani and Afghani jihadists.
Issoufou said West African countries would approach the UN Security Council to provide assistance with military operations against the Islamist affiliated group. The French president said France would support such a move but that the African groups would need to be the ones leading it.
Mali experienced a military coup in March 2012 but a breakaway state was claimed in the northern part of the nation by two rebel groups and a connection between at least one of the groups and Al Qaeda has been alleged. Reuters said any action would be under a “Chapter 7” UN mandate which allows the Security Council to approve military interventions.
The costs for such a mission could exceed $200 million.