• 2 minutes Rational analysis of CV19 from Harvard Medical School
  • 4 minutes While U.S. Pipelines Are Under Siege, China Streamlines Its Oil and Gas Network
  • 7 minutes Renewables Overtake Coal, But Lag Far Behind Oil And Natural Gas
  • 12 hours Joe Biden the "Archie Bunker" of the left selects Kamala Harris for VP . . . . . . Does she help the campaign ?
  • 5 mins Tesla Begins Construction Of World’s Largest Energy Storage Facility
  • 19 hours Trump Hands Putin Major Geopolitical Victory
  • 4 hours America Could Go Fully Electric Right Now
  • 2 hours Will any journalist have the balls to ask Kamala if she supports Wall Street "Carried Interest" Tax Loophole
  • 13 hours Those Nasty White People and Camping Racism
  • 2 hours In 1,267 days, Trump has made 20,055 false or misleading claims
  • 8 hours COVID&life and Vicious Circle: "Working From Home Is Not Panacea For Virus"
  • 2 hours .
  • 52 mins Brent above $45. Holding breath for $50??
  • 3 hours Buying votes is cool now.
  • 14 hours The Truth about Chinese and Indian Engineering
  • 2 days China wields coronavirus to nationalize American-owned carmaker
  • 1 day Oil Tanker Runs Aground in Mauritius - Oil Spill
  • 2 days Open letter from Politico about US-russian relations
  • 2 hours The World is Facing a Solar Panel Waste Problem

MALI: As Predicted, French Buried in Mali Long Term

Bottom Line: The Islamic insurgents (from three different groups) have demonstrated that they are capable of holding back French and Malian forces in Mali’s north. When the French gain ground, it’s only temporary, and the Islamists fight back with full force and terrorist tactics.

Analysis: The past two weeks have seen a suicide car bombing kill six Malian government allies in the city of Kidal and an attack on Gao (the northern capital). The target in Kidal was a checkpoint manned by the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), a secular Tuareg group that is at odds with the radical Islamist Tuareg movement cooperating with groups linked to Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

Mali will simmer for a while, as the US uses the conflict to boost the presence of AFRICOM (to counter China’s designs on Mali’s gold and Niger’s uranium). In Niger, the US is preparing to set up a Predator drone base (Niger is home to France’s massive uranium mines), and one should consider that a shadow war has already been launched across the Sahel. More important than following French military activities in Mali, is following AFRICOM activities, which will be decisive for the entire region and spark an equal reaction from the burgeoning transnational jihadist element.




Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News