Eleven Malian soldiers were killed and 14 others injured on Monday in an ambush near Tassit, in Mali’s northern region of Gao, the Malian Armed Forces confirmed on its website on Wednesday.
More than one hundred men of “armed terrorist groups” on pickups and motorcycles ambushed a team of Malian soldiers in Tassit, a town located in the region of Gao, killing 11 Malian soldiers, the Malian army said in a statement.
The army added that 14 soldiers were injured, with 8 in critical condition, together with 11 others reported missing.
According to the Malian military, all the injured have been evacuated and taken to hospital by UN’s peacekeeping mission MINUSMA for medical care.
The army said the French counter-terrorism force Barkhane also deployed two helicopters to support Malian Armed Forces in its sweeping operation.
Following a military coup in 2012, insurgents have been roaming northern Mali.
Armed attacks have recently extended to central Mali, regardless of the presence of the French military and United Nations peacekeepers in this West African country.
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US Embassy Warns Citizens About Nigeria In Ridiculous Editorial
On its website, the US Embassy, in a piece of information meant for Americans intending to visit Nigeria, describes the country in very unflattering terms.
It harps on two major albatrosses, namely crude infrastructure and poor security. Anyone familiar with the Nigerian terrain knows full well that its performance in these two areas is horrendously low. Thankfully, the embassy says so quite unapologetically.
For instance, on health, the embassy confirms that Nigeria has well-trained health professionals but lacks good health facilities. It particularly notes that many medicines are unavailable, including medications for diabetes and hypertension. It says that medicine should be purchased with utmost caution because counterfeit pharmaceuticals are a common problem and distinguishing them from genuine medications may prove difficult. The expose’ also says that Nigerian hospitals often expect immediate cash payments for the health services rendered.
It thumbs down the emergency health services in the country, saying that they are practically non-existent, and circumscribed by unreliable and unsafe blood supply for transfusion. It then counsels intending visitors to Nigeria to consider Europe, South Africa or the United States itself for treatments that require such services. It notes, quite sadly, that “ambulance services are not present throughout the country or are unreliable in most areas.”
The embassy’s observations and comments on water supply in Nigeria are instructive. As it notes, “no areas (in Nigeria) have safe tap water.” This is specifically unnerving since pipes, most of them rusted, typically bear water for public consumption from moribund reservoirs throughout the country. By the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, the approved lifespan of water pipes is five years.
Sadly, these pipes have hardly ever been replaced since they were laid decades ago, so it is proper to consider pipe-borne water wherever it exists in the country as unsafe. It is clear that even ice blocks brewed from such unsafe sources are not to be trusted for human consumption.
In the areas of roads and safe traffic, the embassy is right on the money in its submission that “roads are generally in poor condition, causing damage to vehicles and contributing to hazardous traffic conditions.”
It also berates the public transport system, describing it as unsafe throughout the country. According to it, “public transportation vehicles such as buses and motorbikes are unsafe due to poor maintenance, high speed and overcrowding.” Sadly, it is not certain that governments across the country have ever considered the import of this damning description on the US website, otherwise they would have taken concrete steps to make the country a truly modern society.
The import of the description is that governance in the country has been held in abeyance over the years.
As a matter of fact, this expose throws cold water on the expectations of tourists and other potential investors in the country.
It is simply delusional for the government to claim to be in search of foreign direct investment from anywhere in the face of primitive infrastructure, particularly when there is no sign that efforts to change this narrative are in place.
Obviously, the US embassy’s description of Nigeria should be seen as a call to action by the country’s leadership. They should pull out of the morass of self-delusion: things are not working in the country.
On their part, Nigerians must take the task of removing the country’s depraved and utterly corrupt politicians from office through the ballot box much more seriously. No truly serious country can be described in the manner that the US embassy has done with Nigeria…
US embassy’s description of Nigeria
US Attorney General, Barr, Resigns Minutes After Electoral College Elected Joe Biden
A close ally of President Donald Trump and the United States Attorney General, William Barr, has resigned his appointment after holding a meeting with the president.
In a letter of resignation signed by him, Barr said he was leaving after four years, thanking Trump for allowing him to serve the country in the capacity.
Confirming the resignation, President Trump said he got the letter during the meeting with the Attorney General, saying he wished Barr well in his future endeavours.
Trump tweeted in his Twitter handle: “Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job!
“As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family. Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, an outstanding person, will become Acting Attorney General. Highly respected Richard Donoghue will be taking over the duties of Deputy Attorney General. Thank you to all!”
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