France’s sudden invasion of Mali over the weekend was expected to come with a huge surge of international support to jump into the quagmire with them. EU and NATO member nations have indeed endorsed the war, in theory, but most are reluctant to contribute anything more than a bare minimum of “support” forces.
Minister of Parliamentary Relations Alain Vidalies was very public in expressing French government annoyance at European support that they see as a “minimal, with some regrettable absences.”
Western African nations are planning to send some troops, but minimally trained and likely to take months to get up to speed for the occupation France envisions. With no real hope of a huge British and German relief force, France is instead turning to the Gulf looking for allies.
GCC member nations don’t seem likely to contribute meaningful troops either, but French officials are hoping they can con the United Arab Emirates and others into at least throwing some money at the war to defray the cost of an open-ended occupation that French officials are publicly insisting will be quick and easy, but which seems set to be a long, long war.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- European Union 'Stands Ready to Act' Over US Sanctions on Russia - July 24th, 2017
- Hezbollah: Border Fighting Against Nusra Is Almost Won - July 24th, 2017
- Israel Removes Metal Detectors From Around al-Aqsa Mosque - July 24th, 2017
- Egypt's Sisi Vows Qatar Blockade Will Continue - July 24th, 2017
- US Blames Failed Missile Test on Sailor Pushing 'The Wrong Button' - July 24th, 2017