Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
25th November, 2015
Today the responsibility for the attack in Mali was claimed by an ISIS-affiliated group, "Masina Liberation Front" (MLF) , who is associated with the Tuareg group "Ansar al-Dine" (al-Qaeda). This was reported by the terrorists themselves to a local French radio station. The assumption France and the United States have, that the attack is sworn allegiance to ISIS, the Algerian leader of "al Qaeda Maghreb" Mokhtar Belmokhtar, was justified. The signature of the attack on the hotel is similar to the attack in August 2014 in the city of Sevare in Central Mali, where citizens of Western countries also were attacked. The composition of the slain terrorists pointed to both of these groups – MLF and a group who sworn allegiance to ISIS, "al-Mourabitoun". Thus, the second terrorist attack against French-Algerians reveals the trail. This means that after the Syrian viewpoint of the terrorist attacks in Paris, another landmark of France was exposed – North Africa. Algeria has mobilized their forces at the border with Mali.
Paris benefits from the attack in Mali as it publicly involved Algerians. In his campaign in Mali, France relied not only on control of uranium and gold, but also on its former colony Algeria. In this regard, the orientation on Belmokhtar plays the same role as that of a Syrian passport near a killed suicide bomber in Paris. The terrorist attack in Mali, like in France, is also complete with "weirdness". The terrorists arrived at the hotel by car with the consular numbers in the US, and they spoke English. In Mali, the U.S. military is relevant only to a single organization – "the Committee for the restoration democracy and the state", which on 21 March 2012 overthrew President Amadou Toumani Touré and declared the restoration of power to the North against the Tuareg separatism, triggered by the overthrow of Gaddafi in neighbouring Libya. This likely explains the miraculous rescue of the trapped at the centre of the U.S. diplomatic mission.
However, as in the Paris attack, for France, the geopolitical benefits are obvious. The allies of France – Belgium and Germany – are ready to extend and even increase their mission in Mali, and Spain being there instead of France gives Paris the opportunity to release the equipment and troops for the war in Syria. Originally it was planned that the French would replace the Germans. But at the last moment they refused, limiting its participation in Syria's logistical support to an ally. For France, it is important to release the military reserves from Mali, as there are officers involved who, five years ago, were training Maghreb militants from al-Qaeda in Turkey to create a Free Syrian Army. Tactical interest of France in this attack is to sharpen the issue of Tuareg separatism in the north of Mali, which would destabilize the South of Algeria.
It is in the interests of the United States to reorganize the region of Sahara and Sahel from Mauritania to Egypt to create a state for the Tuareg, who are settled in Libya, Algeria, Mali and Niger. The American greater Middle East plan includes the redrawing of borders in that part of Africa called "the Big Berberis" . Of course, the attack in Bamako, on 20 November, is only an intermediate story in a giant transformation of the region, conceived in the USA 15 years ago. However, it is required to split the Tuareg, some of whom advocated the establishment of their independent state of "Azawad" on the borders of Mali, Algeria and Mauritania, with the other part fighting for the establishment of an "Islamic state". The terrorist attack in Mali has exacerbated the issue of the Tuareg in West Africa, and freed France from Mali for a new war - in Syria.