Nov 20, 2015 (San Diego) Over the course of last night there was an attack on the Raddison Blue hotel in Mali’s capital of Bamako. This is in Africa. Mali is a former colony of France and has had an African intervention force, as well as French special forces since 2012. The aim is to prevent more terrorism. It is also under the auspices of the United Nations and Security Council Resolution 2085.
Mali has had a problem with several groups especially in the north. The groups that took responsibility for the attack today on the Radisson Blue that led to 27 deaths, at the very least, are Belmokhtar, and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, this according to the New York Times.
Not all are related to ISIS, and the motives are not quite clear yet. What is clear is that 1 US citizen lost his life and that the administration has offered all technical help that Mali might need. In a White House statement National Security Council Spokesman Ned Price said:
The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s terrorist attack on the many Malian and international guests and employees of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako. We can confirm that the attack has ended, and we continue to coordinate with U.S officials on the ground to verify the location of all American citizens in Mali. We extend our deep condolences to the families and loved ones of those who have been killed in this heinous attack. Our thoughts and prayers also are with those who have been injured. We commend the bravery of the Malian, French, United Nations, and U.S. security personnel who responded to the situation and prevented even worse loss of life. The United States stands with the people of Mali and will remain a steadfast partner to the Government of Mali and others in the region fighting the terrorist groups that seek to undermine Mali’s efforts to build a durable peace following the crisis in 2012 and 2013. We are prepared to assist the Malian government in the coming days as it investigates this tragic terrorist attack.