Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Didn't see this coming. Mutiny in Mali?

Thanks to Andrey for the link!

via Al Jazeera
17:20 GMT - Reuters: Keita arrested by mutinying soldiers, security sources say
Reuters news agency has reported, citing two security sources, that Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been arrested by mutinying soldiers in the capital Bamako.
The arrest came after soldiers mutinied at the Kati army base outside of Bamako and rounded up a number of senior civilian and military officials, according to Reuters.
The report could not immediately independently verified. 
 15:50 GMT: ECOWAS urges Mali soldiers to 'return to barracks'
The West African bloc ECOWAS called on the soldiers "to return to their barracks without delay".
"This mutiny comes at a time when, for several months now, ECOWAS has been taking initiatives and conducting mediation efforts with all the Malian parties," the bloc said in a statement.

15:30 GMT: Warnings of possible mutiny
Gunfire was heard at an army base near Bamako, with the Norwegian embassy talking of a possible military mutiny. Soldiers fired their guns into the air in the base in Kati, some 15km (9 miles) from Bamako.
Witnesses said armoured tanks and military vehicles could be seen on the streets of Kati, The Associated Press news agency reported.
Full story here. 

Stabilization and nation building just don't work in the modern era.  Western nations are gonna have to figure out a different way because it's faltering everywhere.

Are we simply backing the wrong horse in these conflicts or is it something else?  I don't know.  What I do know is that France has a mess on its hands and the nations piling in to assist are probably gonna bail soon.

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