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MOTION: This House Would send British combat troops into Mali


An alliance of Islamist rebels and Tuareg separatists is threatening to over through the Malian government. These fighters threaten not only the security of the people of the region (against whom they have inflicted terrible human rights abuses) but also the wider world. After all a lawless territory could be used as a base by terrorists to strike from. 

However critics are challenging the morality of supporting a military dictatorship (that gained power by staging a coup against a democratic government) whilst highlighting the practical difficulties of intervening with such a small force. MP's have looked back to Afghanistan in order to warn of mission creep. 

The Prime Minister has already ordered the deployment of British aircraft, intelligence assets and most importantly military personnel to Mali. Should this deployment continue? You decide.

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Further Reading:

1) MP calls for Commons vote on Mali intervention (BBC)

2) William Hague rules out sending combat troops to Mali (BBC)

3) 5 things you need to know about UK intervention in Mali (The Week)

4) UK intervention in Mali is a mistake (Guardian)

5) Majority of UK voters opposed to Mali intervention (YouGov)

6) Will intervention be success or failure (Huffington)


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