U.N. Peacekeepers Include Child Soldier Nation

Human rights advocates criticize inclusion of Chad in force
Chadian soldiers / AP

The United Nations took the reins of an African-led peacekeeping force in Mali on Monday that includes troops from Chad, prompting criticism from human rights advocates who note that Chad is currently on the United Nations’ list of nations that utilizes child soldiers.

Mali’s Woes

Terrorists just one problem facing arid African country
Malian Army soldiers carry out drills in Koulikoro, Mali in May 2013 / AP

A northern Africa expert predicted al Qaeda could return to northern Mali “tomorrow” as he painted a dire picture of the beleaguered state during a Monday afternoon event.

Ham: Containment in Mali ‘Best You Can Get’

Outgoing head of AFRICOM discusses Mali, Syria, Libya crises
French soldiers in Mali / AP

The outgoing head of U.S. Africa Command said Thursday that the best the United States can hope for in northern Mali is the “containment” of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), not the eradication of the terrorist group.

Terms of Endangerment

Obama faces manifold threats, challenges as he begins second presidential term
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President Barack Obama faces manifold threats and challenges, foreign and domestic, as he begins his second term in office.