Timely military efforts in Mali?

Is the the French bombing in northern Mali too late or too soon? Have all means for other peace solutions been used? NAI-researcher Mats Utas writes about the complicated situation in Mali on his blog.
"Although the sudden attacks must have been planned well ahead, something that speaks well with the rapid deployment of West African peacekeepers (a mission that would until a few days ago not happen before well into the autumn this year), the question is now what will happen. France will probably continue bombing rebel bases in the north..."

Listen to 'Studio Ett'  (in Swedish) at Swedish Public Radio, Africa correspondent Maria Sjöqvist and Professor Sten Hagberg, discuss the situation in Mali.

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