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Military Situation In Mali On April 9, 2022 (Map Update)

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Military Situation In Mali On April 9, 2022 (Map Update)

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  • 203 militants were killed and 51 were arrested by the Malian Army in the Moura area between March 23 and 31, according to the Mali Army’s statement;
  • 130 Azawad fighters were reportedly killed as a result of fighting with ISIS in the Menaka area between March 26 and 27;
  • The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali has demanded access to the village of Moura, where hundreds of people reportedly were killed in late March.

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B A

what do you guys suppose is happening in Pakistan? another coup attempt? the usual suspects again? https://nitter.net/i/status/1512897096046854149

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Simon Ndiritu

Yes, Pakistan is the new target for regime change for 1. To encircle and cut of China from Indian Ocean and 2. to block a land bridge from the Eurasian powers, Russia, Iran China 3. To draw a line that every nation that does not follow the line with west in condemning and cutting ties with Russia and later with China will be thrown under the bus.

Chris Gr

If Pakistan falls to the US then Russia, China and India may unite.

Maju

The obvious interpretation is that there will be a very instable opposition government and then early elections. Khan wins easily, problem solved…

… or not?

This is very much more worrisome: https://www.rt.com/news/553200-pakistan-general-us-china-russia/

Guess that some forces in Pakistan are trying to make the Muslim federation into a US puppet again, especially considering that India is a truly sovereign power, even under Modi.

Khan’s term was certainly an important game changer for Pakistan’s foreign policy: first he rejected to partake in the Saudi aggression against Yemen, then he sent the USA packing from the Indus, what determined that they had to abandon Afghanistan. This was paralleled by India’s approachment to the USA and border skirmishes with China.

In the end it’s part of the China vs US new version of the “great game” for the control of West Asia, with Russia and India (neither very influential in Pakistan) watching from the sidelines.

But remember that all politics are ultimately local and that soaring prices are destabilizing many countries, including the very much related Sri Lanka further south. The opposition leadership is the Muslim League, which, if stays in power will almost certainly trigger turmoil, as happened recently in Tunisia, etc. These religious fanatics are usually great stooges of the USA and/or Turkey.

revoluCIA

Pakistani army, like Turkish army, was always under US control. If machinations with politicians fail, military coup is quite possible.

Maju

I’m not so sure. It’s hard to understand the Taliban blitz without major Pakistani support. Pakistan has also been traditionally allied to China (but now with the 2nd Cold War active, it must pick sides, as becoming neutral is probably not an option).

In any case the last military coup was overwhelmed by civil uprising. There are too many actors influencing Pakistan too and its military is not heavily subsidized by the USA like that of Egypt.

Also it’s generally acknowledged that, although related, it’s not the military but the ISI (secret service) which actually “rules” Pakistan from the shadows. The current ISI chief is Gral. Nadeem Anjum, appointed by Khan in 2021, however he had to choose between a triple list written by the military, so it’s not clear-cut which side he may be in.

Chris Gr

The same thing happens in Egypt. Secular militarty leaders vs Islamist political establishment.

Maju

But Egypt is, with Israel and Colombia, one of the three countries in which the military is heavily subsidized by the USA. That’s why the Egyptian military is so extremely subservient of Washington. I don’t think you can project that to Pakistan, really.

Chris Gr

Russia helped Sisi to do the coup though. Egypt plays both sides. They dislike Turkey, Ethiopia and Muslim Brotherhood with passion only.

Maju

Russia also flirts with Turkey big deal (but backed the opposite side in Libya). Don’t ask me to explain the quite chaotic Russian foreign policy: they believe in “multipolarity”, I don’t: to me the only real conflict has two sides that are not the people: China and USA, and then there is the people, trying to get a dent of democracy and socialism or just resigned to their sad fate as quasi-slaves of their capitalist masters.

Chris Gr

You are correct. There are only two big blocs. Turkey and Russia have had many clashes in the past. Russia had clashes with Iran also. The greatest allies of Russia are Egypt and Syria in the Middle East.

Maju

I wouldn’t count on Egypt: they are too subservient to the USA and Saudi Arabia. Actually Iran is more of a close ally of Russia in many aspects.

Chris Gr

Then why does Sisi supports Assad and Haftar, two Russian backed leaders?

Maju

Al Sissi is completely involved in Yemen War on the Saudi side (or was until the recent ceasefire at least). He does not in any active way support Assad (Syria-Damascus), he may just recognize it but nearly everybody does.

As for Haftar, remember that he is also backed by France (which, unlike much more passive Russia, almost went to war with Turkey on the matter and actually has a mini cold war with Turkey ongoing in much of Africa) and many other states (Saudi Arabia, Israel, etc.)

I also imagine that Egypt is deeply involved in the coup in Sudan, which quelled Russian desires to build a naval base in Suakin.

Just because two people agree to something it doesn’t mean they are close friends, just because two countries converge in something that doesn’t mean they are allies.

I’ll grant you that here was some diplomatic reapprochment between Moscow and Cairo a couple of years ago but definitely not enough to consider them “allies”.

Chris Gr

Russia also supports the Saudi side in Yemen. Assad still supports the Houthis though. Sisi and Assad both dislike the Muslim Brotherhood. The Sudanese coup was also Russian-ba ked and they overthrew the pro-Turkish pro-Iranian Omar al Bashir.

Maju

I’m surprised to read that Russia supports the Saudi aggression but guess it fits with the rather chaotic Russian foreign policy. How exactly does Russia support the Saudi side in Yemen?

Chris Gr

They do indirectly with weapons.

Chris Gr

Yes that’s correct but let us remember that Imran Khan allowed the Taliban to win.

revoluCIA

Absolutely.

Maju

So Azawad still exists so many years after being taken over (and at least for a while destroyed) by the Islamo-fascists? I’m surprised, to be honest. I’m not at all surprised however of France completely failing at their “peacekeeping” mission.

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Yuri

Even the stinky niggers are laughing at us now and are missing the french. It is very sad!

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Egregius

Update on Mali: Wagner group half-buried some bodies near an abandonned French military base, and then filmed it, posting “Look what we found! Evil French!” some days ago.

Only problem is that a French drone was filming while they were doing this and caught everything on camera :D

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