Das Vorgehen der afrikanischen Staaten, der internationalen Gemeinschaft (und letztlich auch: gegebenenfalls der Bundeswehr) gegen die faktische Besetzung des Norteils von Mali durch Islamisten ist noch ziemlich unklar. Die Gegenseite schafft schon mal Fakten, wie die Nachrichtenagenturen heute berichten:
HUNDREDS of jihadist fighters have poured into Mali over the weekend to support the Islamists who have controlled the north for seven months, ahead of a threatened regional intervention to seize back power.
Residents of the cities of Timbuktu and Gao, Malian security officials and Islamist commanders all confirmed on Sunday that there had been a huge influx of foreign fighters over the past two days.
It comes as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a regional bloc of 15 countries including Mali, prepares for military action in the north.
„In the Timbuktu region and around Gao, hundreds of jihadists, mostly Sudanese and Sahrawis, have arrived as reinforcements to face an offensive by Malian forces and their allies,“ a Malian security official said.
One resident of Timbuktu said „more than 150 Sudanese Islamists arrived in 48 hours“.
„They are armed and explained that they had come to help their Muslim brothers against the infidels,“ he said.