France Gets Backing From NATO Allies For Mali War Effort
January 15, 2013
France sends troops to Mali town, gets more backing from NATO allies
NATO allies are preparing for extensive intervention in Mali as France dispatches its ground troops to a town controlled by militants in the African country.
Foreign ministers of the European Union will attend an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the deployment of a training mission for the African country’s army, GlobalPost reported on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Malian and French forces were reportedly driving toward the town of Diabaly in the central part of the African country.
Rebels managed to take control of the town on Monday, when a NATO spokesman stated that the alliance would support France’s operations in Mali.
The United States, Canada, Britain, Belgium, Germany and Denmark have already said they would support the French offensive against the African country.
Malian officials say many African countries have sent ground forces to support the government forces in the conflict.
Chaos broke out in the West African country after Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure was toppled in a military coup on March 22, 2012. The coup leaders said they mounted the coup in response to the government’s inability to contain the Tuareg rebellion in the north of the country, which had been going on for two months.
However, in the wake of the coup d’état, the Tuareg rebels took control of the entire northern desert region, but the Ansar Dine extremists then pushed them aside and took control of the region, which is larger than France or Texas.