US, Algeria See Moderate Tuaregs as Key to Ending Mali Partition « State of Affairs

Sahel people with livestock and azawakh dogs

Sahel people with livestock and azawakh dogs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best chance for breaking the extremists’ hold on northern Mali may be persuading the region’s moderate Tuareg people to reconcile with the military-controlled South of the country.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Algeria this week seeking the country’s support for a West African force to help Mali’s military regain control of the north. And her talks with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika were dominated by the issue of how to deal with the terrorists and Islamic fundamentalists who took control of more than two-thirds of Mali after a coup toppled the government in Bamako last March.

Since then, the extremists have allowed the terrorist group al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, to extend its already-considerable reach throughout the Sahel region.

US, Algeria See Moderate Tuaregs as Key to Ending Mali Partition « State of Affairs.

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