Jim Lobe of the Inter Press Service asked me to comment on the U.S. response to conflict in northern Mali and relate it to tactics used in Somalia. His article titled "U.S. Impatient with African Response to Northern Mali Conflict" appeared on 2 November 2012. I emphasized that while the counterterrorism effort in Mali may try to follow the formula used in Somalia, it took years for it to achieve significant success in Somalia; the same could be true in Mali.
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