China Offers Support to Mali Military in Fight Against Islamists | Bloomberg
By Diakaridia Dembele
Mali’s government has been battling Islamist rebels in the north of the country since they took control of the area from separatist ethnic Touareg fighters in May. The rebels took advantage of a political crisis in the south triggered by the ouster of President Amadou Toure in a March 22 coup.
The transitional government, led by Dioncounda Traore, has been bogged down by internal power struggles and disagreement over the need for foreign troops in the country, according to the Brussels-based International Crisis Group.