29 Jul '12, 2am

#Obama administration may be on verge of special operations intervention in Mali - Africa Stripes via @starsandstripes

ASPEN, Colo. - The Obama administration is considering U.S. intervention to pressure al-Qaida-inspired militants who have seized territory in the African nation of Mali. Michael Sheehan, the Pentagon's assistant secretary for special operations, was asked Thursday whether the United States would use targeted strikes or special operations troops to help the Malian government fight the militants. "All options are being considered" against "a looming threat," Sheehan said. "There have been no decisions." Advertisement Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum, a gathering of current and former national security officials, Sheehan said there was deep concern about the militants' activities in northern Mali, which has fallen out of the control of Mali's coup-led government in Bamako, the capital. "We cannot allow al-Qaida to sit in ungoverned places," Sheehan said of northern Mali. ...

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