NIGHTWATCH: The Mali Expedition Begins – Illustrated – Is Niger Oil the Real Reason? 1:50,000 Charts?

04 Inter-State Conflict, 05 Civil War, 08 Wild Cards
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Algeria: The Algerian government has given tacit approval for an African-led military intervention in Mali so long as there are no troops stationed on Algerian soil.

Comment: This means that Algeria will try to help by sealing its border with Mali once the intervention begins [never mind the Tauregs behind their lines].

Mali: Update. News services reported today that the prospect of a war in northern Mali against fundamentalist Islamists and al-Qaida affiliates advanced significantly after European governments promised to back an international force to retake the region from Islamist groups, provided it is led by soldiers from African countries.

While preparations continue to retake the north, foreign jihadists reportedly are arriving in northern Mali to reinforce the Islamic militants.

Comment: This week’s major development is that the Europeans promised to finance the operations. The problems of operating in northern Mali are enormous, requiring extensive resources just to sustain supplies of ammunition, fuel, food and water, not to omit coordination between forces from different states. The supply problems alone would tax a modern military force from a single nation.

A multi-national operation compounds the problems exponentially, especially if English-speaking and French-speaking forces try to cooperate. France and its NATO allies must provide the communications, maintenance, intelligence and supply backbone or this intervention will stand no chance of success. It looks like another Libya operation. No matter how the operations are presented to the public, the US will be doing much of the heavy lifting because no other nation in the world can. That is why the US has an Africa Command.

Below the line: various map images and airports with runway lengths.

Islamic Control
Taureg Cross-Border Unrest
Available Maps 1:250, 1:500

Airports in Mali

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TownAirport nameICAOIATAUsageCustomsRunwayIFRRwy length
AnsongoAnsongoGAAOCiv.NoUnpavedNo3600 ft
BafoulabeBafoulabeGABFCiv.NoUnpavedNo2900 ft
BamakoSenouGABSBKOCiv.YesPavedYes8800 ft
BandiagaraBandiagaraGABDCiv.NoUnpavedNo2900 ft
BougouniBougouniGABGCiv.NoUnpavedNo2900 ft
BouremBouremGABRCiv.NoUnpavedNo5000 ft
DouentzaDouentzaGADZCiv.NoUnpavedNo2600 ft
GaoKorogoussouGAGOGAQCiv.YesPavedYes8200 ft
GoundamGoundamGAGMGUDCiv.NoUnpavedNo4900 ft
KayesKayesGAKYKYSCiv.YesPavedYes3800 ft
KeniebaKeniebaGAKAKNZCiv.NoUnpavedNo2900 ft
KidalKidalGAKLCiv.NoUnpavedNo4500 ft
KitaKitaGAKTCiv.NoUnpavedNo2900 ft
KolokaniKolokaniGAKNCiv.NoUnpavedNo2900 ft
KoutialaKoutialaGAKOKTXCiv.NoUnpavedNo3900 ft
ManantaliBengassiCiv.NoPavedNo4900 ft
MarkalaMarkalaGAMACiv.NoUnpavedNo2900 ft
MenakaMenakaGAMKCiv.NoUnpavedNo3600 ft
MoptiBarbeGAMBMZICiv.YesPavedNo8200 ft
NaraKeibaneGANKNRMCiv.NoUnpavedNo5300 ft
NiafunkeNiafunkeGANFCiv.NoUnpavedNo3900 ft
NioroNioroGANRNIXCiv.YesPavedNo4900 ft
SikassoSikassoGASKKSSCiv.NoUnpavedNo6200 ft
TessalitTessalitGATSCiv.NoPavedNo8200 ft
TombouctouTombouctouGATBTOMCiv.YesPavedNo4900 ft
YelimaneYelimaneGAYEEYLCiv.NoUnpavedNo5200 ft

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