I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet. As some of you who keep up with current events know, Mali's government recently collapsed due to a coupe that resulted in Al-Qaeda basically taking over the northern half of the country. For those of you who are geographically challenged, Mali is located here:
Over the past year, the Islamic terrorists have been gaining in strength by taking over towns and cities in the northern region and imposing strict, Sharia law on the citizens of Mali, while building underground bases and bunkers to fortify their stolen arms and operations.
Recently, the terrorists began to invade southern Mali, threatening to take over the entire country. Due to France's past history and unique relationship with the nation of Mali, France hit the "Oh, shit!" button and has basically invaded Mali in full force. Troops are on the ground and fighter jets are bombing Islamic terrorists in Mali to oblivion. Pundits are already calling this "France's Afghanistan" as more nations, including the U.S. are sending assistance to help France destroy Al-Qaeda from Mali.
The full article can be found here:
This is a very sudden and shocking development in the international community. It is certainly unusual for France to be so militant over an internal problem in a foreign country. What are your thoughts over this situation? I am glad to see something being done about northern Mali as Al-Qaeda was basically building an Islamic State of their own. Still, the outcome of this conflict is uncertain and unpredictable. I wish France all the success in this campaign.