Globe Trot: Mali matters, Dreamliners grounded, ‘red line’ in Syria, Chechen Bibles

International | Mindy Belz

Globe Trot: Mali matters, Dreamliners grounded, ‘red line’ in Syria, Chechen Bibles

A motorcyclist waves his support as French troops in armored personnel carriers drive through Mali's capital Bamako Tuesday.
Associated Press/Photo by Jerome Delay

The French defense minister says fighting in Mali will be “long,” as French forces today moved into towns just south of areas captured recently by Islamic militants. The United States is weighing lending significant military aid to French troops in Mali. So far the French have asked for airlift support and aerial refueling. Question for President Obama: Is this another “good war”?

Remember when Mitt Romney tried to make “Molly” an issue in a presidential debate, and no one knew what he was talking about? Here’s why Mali matters, as an alliance of significant jihadi groups have in the last 10 months conspired to take over the region.

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