France and United States put pressure on Algeria to back a military intervention in Mali 2910121
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Defense News - Mali
|Monday, October 29, 2012, 07:16 AM|
|France and United States put pressure on Algeria to back a military intervention in Mali.|
France and the United States are stepping pressure on Algeria to back a military intervention in Mali, where Islamist fighters have taken control off the northern region. "An intervention in northern Mali is possible without the military backing of Algeria but not without its green light," Pierre Boilley, the head of the Centre of African Studies, a French think-tank, said on Sunday, October 29, 2012.
Fighters from the Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group MUJWA stand guard in northern Mali. Rebel fighters have taken control of the strategic town of Douentza.
Algeria is the region's biggest military power by some margin and has been dealing with northern Mali's top Islamist leaders - most of them are Algerian - for years.
US officials on Sunday also called on greater regional involvement.