Three days ago, Mali’s president, Djoncounda Traore, asked France for military assistance to drive back the islamists. They have taken possession of whole northern Mali and the army can’t stop them. That’s what is written in the letter sent to Francois Hollande and Ban-Ki Moon, the Secretary-General of UN.
France responded quite fast to the request and sent troops in Mali. United Kingdom took decision to support the fight against the islamists but without sending troops. Yesterday, David Cameron announced that his country will provide logistic military support, which means help with transporting soldiers or military equipment to Mali. USA will also take part in the operation mostly with reconnaissance.
Thanks to the french air-raid two days ago, the islamist’s army was stopped on its way to Mali’s capital – Bamako. According to Mali’s authorities, 100 enemies were killed during the attacks. In the meantime, in France are tightening the security at the stations, the airports, the bus stations and public works. This is required for the people’s safety after France launched armed interventions in Somalia and Mali. The islamists in Mali are presumably in close relations to al-Qaeda and want to create a “terrorist country“.