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Former U.S. ambassador to Mali explains the conflict

January 18th, 2013
05:16 PM ET

The former U.S. ambassador to Mali, Vicki Huddleston, explains how the conflict there came about. International leaders are responding to an uprising of Islamist militants in northern Mali, hoping to inject stability in a country once hailed as a model for democracy in Africa. Huddleston tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that it was the conflict in Libya that "lit the fuse" in Mali.

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  1. Gamal Al Dean

    with all due respect .. The West wont be able to defeat Al Qaeda because it is supported and financed by The Moslem Brothers, Salafis who rule in Egypt now, rich oil sheiks in The Arabian peninsula and Hamas in Gaza ... They are all one and the same ... The West must wake up to reality before it is too late and they acquire Nuclear bomb ... is that clear enough

    January 19, 2013 at 5:24 am | Reply
    • RLTJ's

      When people think of the devil, the devil appears.

      January 19, 2013 at 9:24 am | Reply
    • RLTJ's

      You are actually threatening to eliminate people, so the more people will resist being eliminated. It is you the seed of the problem.

      January 19, 2013 at 9:58 am | Reply
  2. RLTJ's

    A Lousy woman. She is telling us that Mali government, despite international aid and other advantages, is inferior to the insurgents and cannot stand alone on its own. If the inferiority is arms and logistics I think that is not a problem.

    January 19, 2013 at 9:21 am | Reply
  3. RLTJ's

    As been assigned in Mali she can tell us the real problem in Mali. But she is not doing that. Instead, she is justifying to the world why France has intervened in there. Very lousy. Its just a rag tag army, some of them fighting on barefoot, that scares Mali government in there.

    OK. And this is French business.

    January 19, 2013 at 9:47 am | Reply
  4. RLTJ's

    The real problem with insurgencies is when insurgents have substantial popular mass support and government has lost credibility.

    January 19, 2013 at 9:51 am | Reply
  5. desert voice

    I agree with Vicky Huddleston that the Tauregs need to be given autonomy, the same way the Kurds should. This would require a UN intervention, in order to redraw that border. These terrorists seem to thrive in places where there is turmoil!

    January 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  6. RLTJ's

    And innocent countrymen we lost there in Algeriax have half their blood on Francois Hollande's hands. That's a fact.

    January 20, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Reply
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