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March 2013 Blog Posts (4)

ROGUE MILITIAS EXPELLED IN LIBYA AS “OPERATION TRIPOLI” INTENSIFIES

The Libyan Government appears to be ‘making good’ on its endless string of promises to finally remove troublesome militias in the capital, as security forces continued with day four of “Operation Tripoli” on 19 March 2013. The operation is part of a concerted effort to dismantle illegitimate armed groups within the city, a top priority for authorities in post-revolutionary Libya who have grown weary over the apparent refusal of some armed groups to relinquish…

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Added by Cassie Blombaum on March 19, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

MALI: SLAYING THE HYDRA OF THE SAHEL

Mali’s Islamist rebels may have been backed into a corner, but that does not mean the fighting is over. In what has been deemed a ‘triumph’ for Western and African intervention in the Sahel nation’s militant-prone north, earlier this month sources confirmed that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)’s number two man, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, was found dead following a French-led bombing raid in the Ifoghas mountains.

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Added by Cassie Blombaum on March 15, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

CAMEROON KIDNAP: DAMNED IF YOU DO, DAMNED IF YOU DON'T

Africa has long been known as the quandary of international intervention, and if the recent kidnapping of a French family by Boko Haram militants in Cameroon is any indication, that ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ approach to foreign involvement is unlikely to change. Aside from solidifying France’s reputation as having the most citizens held hostage abroad – a staggering fifteen are currently detained in Africa alone – the horrifying abduction also…

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Added by Cassie Blombaum on March 5, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

NEVER AGAIN: KENYA TRIBAL TENSIONS MAY RISE FOLLOWING ELECTIONS

Although most leaders from the international community remain transfixed on the situation developing in Mali, on the other side of the continent, a more optimistic picture is emerging from the East African state of Kenya. Upwards of 14 million people are expected to head to the polls today, 04 March 2013, to cast their ballots for six different positions, including the highly coveted role of president. It is this contest, which will see eight different candidates…

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Added by Cassie Blombaum on March 4, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

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