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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Africa Continues to Heat Up

Walter Russell Mead writes about escalating French and American involvement in Mali, while the Muslim rebels call in reinforcements from around the Middle-East. He points out:
Mali was first destabilized thanks to NATO’s intervention in Libya, which sent weapons and fighters streaming into the northern deserts, where they found little opposition from the government. Other Islamist fighters from the Middle East soon came flocking in to this sandy patch of ungoverned territory. Their ranks are reportedly bolstered by thousands of local child soldiers.

The Libyan afterparty—the unintended consequences of NATO’s little Libya misadventure—sadly drags on well into the night.
  
Turning to a different conflict (or, at least a different front in this class of civilizations), I came across this story about recent bombings in Somalia. As you may know, Kenya had sent troops into Somalia to help keep the lid on things there.
Witnesses say at least two bomb explosions have rocked at early hours on Monday morning in the seaside strategic Somalia's southern city of Kismayo, the latest in series of attacks and explosions in the city since Somali and Kenyan forces moved in.

Unidentified attackers hurled hand grenades into at the regional administration offices in the city, causing unconfirmed casualties. Kenyan troops from the African Union force and their Somali allies entered the former Islamist bastion early this month.

"It was a huge explosion at the administration office, where Somali military commanders are locating," said resident who asked anonymity, although witnesses and government officials reported no casualties.

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