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As Europe steps up offers of military training and equipment, and Algeria agrees to help, preparations intensify for Bamako’s march northwards

This week, teams of West African, African Union and United Nations military planners descended on Bamako to get an agreement from President Dioncounda Traoré’s government on a strategy to wrest control of northern Mali from the jihadists.

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Dioncounda Traoré, Amadou Sanogo, French, François Hollande, Laurent Fabius, Germany, Guido Westerwelle, Algeria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, United States, Abdelkader Messahel, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Hillary Clinton, Yamoussa Camara, Africa Confidential, Conseil des états-majeurs, Comités des état-majeurs conjoints, Al Qaida

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