BAMAKO — High-level delegations from the United Nations, West African bloc ECOWAS, and the African and European Unions meet with Malian leaders Friday to hammer out details for proposed military intervention to retake Mali’s north.
In Mali’s capital city of Bamako Men gather every morning at roadside newspaper vendors to debate the headlines, more specifically, what to do about the north dominates discussion.
The territory fell to al-Qaida-linked Islamist militants in April amid the chaos that followed a March 22 coup in the south.
As the crisis drags on, hopes for a negotiated solution appear to be fading. What was once fierce resistance to the prospect of foreign troops in Mali appears to be waning.
Many in Bamako say they worry that Mali’s army is still too disorganized and poorly equipped to take back the region alone.
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