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Imad Mesdoua

Mali: Why the Hardest Part Is Yet to Come

[Main juncture in Bamako, Mali. Photo by Robin Taylor.]

Early on during the French intervention which began in January 2013, many journalists in the international press were quick to note that Islamist militants had just “melted away” into the vast desert regions of northern Mali. As French fighter jets attacked key strongholds, hundreds of Islamist fighters prepared convoys, which would escort leaders, weapons, and fighters away from major towns. Eyewitness accounts confirmed suspicions that the militants' departure ...

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Imad Mesdoua is a political analyst at Pasco Risk Management. He specialises in the Middle East and North Africa and is a regular guest and commentator on a host of international television and radio programs. Follow him on twitter@ImadMesdoua