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African Union sending peace forces into Mali.

African Security News.- Islamic Maj Gen Shehu Usman Abdulkadir (Nigeria).

African Security News.- Islamic Maj Gen Shehu Usman Abdulkadir (Nigeria).

African defense officials from the West African regional body ECOWAS met in Abidjan on Saturday to accelerate the deployment of more African troops to Mali.

According to ECOWAS officials nearly 1,000 African troops were already deployed in Mali.

ECOWAS has been discussing plans to send an additional force of 2,000 troops to Mali ever since Islamists simpatizers of Al Qaeda took over its northern half, with the help of Islamic Tuaregs and their weapons stolen from Lybian arsenals after the death of Gaddafy.  The first town taken by the terrorists was Timbuktu.

Since then, the Islamic terrorists started to march south, defeating the Mali army forces. That was the reason behind the intervention of France in the conflict, to stop the consolidation of a terrorist state in Northern Africa.

Last year , both the U.N. Security Council and the African Union approved an ECOWAS deployment  but nothing happende. However, deployment plans were fast-tracked after the islamo-terrorists made a push toward the town of Bamako earlier this month, prompting French armed special forces to intervene.

Being Mali´s Army more part of the problem, than part of the solution, the French have so far taken the lead on the military intervention, with some weak assistance from Mali’s army. But French leaders have stressed that African forces will need to take the lead and consolidate the french expansion.

The Nigerian General, Shehu Usman Abdulkadir was named commander of the African intervention force by the meeting of ECOWAS heads of state.

Abdulkadir did not tell reporters when the African Armee would arrive.
He also said he did not believe there would be trouble coordinating the African troops, which will come from a mix of English speaking and French speaking countries.

U.S. President Barack Obama has thrown his full weight behind the Nigeria-led African International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA).

The US President, who resumed his second term in office last Sunday, is calling for prompt international action to fully establish the Nigerian-led African force.

This is as the United Nations Security Council had pondered on the same issue at least twice during the week at the New York headquarters of the global body.

The intervention of France, and the assistance of Britain, shows that the former colonial powers will do whatever is necessary to mantain Northern Africa out of the hands of Islamic terrorists and simpatizers of Al Qaeda.