SPECIAL REPORTS MARCH 26, 2012 / 3:55 PMMali coup: Arab Spring spreads to Africa
BAMAKO, Mali, March 26 (UPI) -- Last week's military coup in Mali, triggered by a Tuareg rebellion and ignited by fighters and weapons from Libya, underlines how deeply the fallout from the year-old string of Arab uprisings is spreading from North Africa to non-Arab West Africa.
"The current crisis … has the potential to create further destabilization in the wider Sahara and Sahel regions beyond the current chaos in Mali," observed analyst Derek Henry Flood, who witnessed the 2011 Libyan conflict at close quarters.
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