The Tuareg Rebellion and Coup D’état Shambles

The threat from the Tuareg rebellion has been a ubiquitous issue for the French, and later the governments of Mali and Niger, for almost a century. The long-held dream of an independent Tuareg state seems now to have come true. In the wake of the Malian coup d’état, the Tuareg rebels have seized control of the northern parts of the country, and in the south part of the inhospitable Sahara desert a new Tuareg state has been declared. However, the conflict is still ongoing—and is likely to be inflamed—as the government of Mali fights to regain control and radical Islamic groups increase their involvement in the region.