African Nations Agree: Let's Invade Mali
Leaders aim to wrest northern Mali from Islamist control
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 12, 2012 2:59 PM CST
Updated Nov 12, 2012 3:35 PM CST
In this Tuesday, April 24, 2012 file photo, fighters from Islamist group Ansar Dine stand guard during a hostage handover, in the desert outside Timbuktu, Mali.    (AP Photo / File)

(Newser) – West African nations yesterday agreed to send some 3,000 troops to help the country of Mali wrest back control of its northern half, which was seized by al-Qaeda-linked fighters more than six months ago, according to an official and a report on Nigerian state television. The decision came at the end of an emergency summit in Nigeria's capital of the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS. They were joined by military experts from the United Nations, Europe, and ministers from Algeria. The plan needs final approval from the UN Security Council before it can be carried out.

An official involved in the negotiations said that the nations in West Africa are now unanimous in their decision to go forward with the military operation. He said that they will attempt one more round of negotiations with representatives of the Islamists controlling northern Mali, before moving ahead with the intervention. "We have agreed that 3,300 troops will be sent from West Africa. In addition, around 5,000 Malian troops will also be involved. If there is no agreement in the talks, we will move in." Both France and the US have said that the will provide technical and logistical support to the intervention, provided that it is first approved by the United Nations.

View 2 more images

Copyright 2016 Newser, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
African Nations Agree: Let's Invade Mali is...
5%
2%
14%
3%
71%
5%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 17 comments
homer57
Nov 13, 2012 12:11 PM CST
ISLAM, IS "ALWAYS" spead by the sword, and never by desire...Islam domination is required by Islam..GET IT!! See History and then KNOW!!!
right2dave
Nov 13, 2012 10:50 AM CST
Obama can send in some arms in using his Muslim Brotherhood friends.
HANKHILL
Nov 12, 2012 9:19 PM CST
DAMN THERE GOES THE VACATION AGAIN!