Secretary of State Hilary Clinton had lengthy meetings in Algiers Monday to pressure Algerian President Bouteflika to support the military intervention into Mali. Algeria is ultimately one of the primary targets of the al-Qaeda-linked onslaught in North and West Africa. Plans for a Western-backed military intervention against the al-Qaeda-linked Wahhabi-funded jihadist criminal networks which have seized northern Mali and made it their operational base are proceeding rapidly. Clinton's trip follows meetings on the Mali intervention in Paris Oct. 22-23, involving United States, the AU, and the UN. A week-long meeting in Bamako ended Oct. 28, which included numerous EU and African represenatives.
Algeria, an opponent of the suicidal intervention which had argued against it at the Sahel meeting in New York during the UN General Assembly earlier this month, has been forced to drop active opposition in face of the primary intervention proponents, the Hollande and Obama governments. Algeria has the most significant military and intelligence capability in the region.
During his first official trip to Africa, Hollande on Oct. 12 in Dakar, Senegal took a take-it-or-leave-it attitude toward Algeria. He indicated that the intervention would be organized whether or not Algeria supported it, according to African sources. Speaking for the Obama Administration, Under Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson has reversed his position, from that of caution about intervention until a viable government could be installed in Bamako, shifting to the French position that democracy, governance, and elections are not required before an intervention.
By not taking into account that the type of intervention being planned will not stop the jihadist threat against them, threatened African governments in the region have been supporting an intervention. The African force being readied will get intelligence and logistical support from the Western nations, support which will only be enough to guarantee a permanent war with the British-imperial Jihadist forces, who will continue to be supplied.
Since Algeria has been forced to drop its opposition, the door has been opened for the operation to proceed rapidly. Algeria and Mauritania will not participate actively, according to an African source, but will try to prevent spillover of the conflict into their countries. The day after Algeria announced it was dropping its opposition, Algerian officials held talks with Ansar al-Dine, the biggest of the Jihadist groups in Mali, seeking a political settlement.
The United States, UK, Germany, and Canada will have to support the operation financially, according to an African source, while France will be involved in intelligence, training of Africans, and aerial surveillance. The source also would not rule out that France will not wait until the force is formalized early next year, to make an attempt to free French hostages, who have been moved to Timbuktu. Irrespective of whether such an attempt would succeed or fail, the publicity would be channeled to engender support for the intervention.
Sources also said that as a result of the intervention, there would be ominous significant political changes in the region.