IS THERE ANY RUSSIA CONNECTION TO THE MALI COUP?
The real figure behind the Mali Coup 41 yrs old Army Colonel Sadio Camara was on a sponsored military training programme in Russia - he only just returned to Bamako 15 days ago, apparently for a one month annual leave break.
The coup leader Sadio Camara was the Director General of the military base in Prytanée - Kati before departing for Russia for a military enhancement formation.
The President, members of his family; Prime Minister; Director of State Security are being held in a location known as Soundiata Keita military camp - also in Kati. This is the same town where colonel Sadio Camara was born in 1979. This camp is about 15 Km from Bamako the Capital of Mali.
Organising a successful coup in the 21st Century is a complex endeavour that requires support but for Mali this is the second within 8 years - a copycat coup was launched by a section of the Army in 2012 which led to the removal of then Président Amadou Toure from power.
Successful coups require thorough planning, background preparation and support from influential stakeholders within and outside the targeted state.
The political situation in Mali has been deteriorating since the controversial parliamentary elections made worse by the uncontrolled jihadist crisis in the North. The population has been protesting for political reform with some calling for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita AKA IBK to step down.
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With several jihadist groups affiliated to either ISIS or AlQaeda looking to prosper in the chaos and consolidate their presence and control— some key questions
remains unanswered, Who is behind the coup plotters after what appears to be a strong collective condemnation from France, EU , AU , UN , ECOWAS ? Whose interest does the coup serve in and beyond Mali?
David Otto - Counter terrorism expert stepped In Step Out UK - @ottotgs