The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “Mali forces capture Timbuktu airport” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2013/01/20131281251994939.html).
“Malian and French soldiers have captured Timbuktu airport as they to retake territory from al-Qaeda-linked rebels in northern Mali.
“Al Jazeera‘s Jacky Rowland, reporting from Mali, said the recapture of the airport of the key northern city on Sunday evening (January 27, 2013) was “a major STRATEGIC gain” for the French-Malian coalition forces”.
“Rowland, who is embedded with the French army, said”: “I am standing on the tarmac of Timbuktu airport that was recaptured by Malian forces this evening (January 28, 2013). French forces are here as well now. The next stage is to go into the city of Timbuktu, maybe in the early hours tomorrow (January 29, 2013)”.
“A reconnaissance team has already reached the edge of Timbuktu, a senior Malian officer said, adding that French and Malian soldiers were approaching the city “WITHOUT meeting ANY resistance“.
“The French defense ministry said in a statement that it had carried out about 20 air strikes Saturday (January 26, 2013) and Sunday (January 27, 2013) in the Gao and Timbuktu regions”. “Air operations carried out since [Saturday, January 26, 2013] are providing direct support to operations in Gao and along the western axis”. “Operations conducted deep in enemy territory are continuing, notably with the reinforcement of our position in Gao, in particular by an armored battalion […] and by the Malian armed forces and several African units, including from Niger and Chad”.
“Malian forces “ESTABLISHED A FOOTHOLD” in Gao and “several terrorist groups were destroyed or chased to the north” in the battle for the city,…”
Finally, “A French military official denied an earlier report by a Malian security source that air strikes had destroyed the home of Iyad Ag Ghaly, the leader of armed rebel group Ansar Dine [Defenders of the Faith]”. “Iyad Ag Ghaly’s house IS STILL STANDING“. Sounds like the “force and pain technique” will be used yet again (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
So, Mali is the latest country where a revolution COULD be starting or IS ALREADY UNDERWAY, but unlike the revolutions in TUNISIA, EGYPT, LIBYA, BAHRAIN, YEMEN and SYRIA this time it seems like the international community is supporting THE MALIAN GOVERNMENT.