By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
French forces met no resistance Wednesday in Kidal, the Islamists' last major town, as the 2-week-old mission scored another success in its effort to dislodge the al-Qaeda-linked militants from northern Mali.
The United Nations warned against attacks on its personnel in Ivory Coast and said it would stay after the man who refuses to give up the presidency ordered thousands of peacekeepers to get out and defied a European Union deadline Sunday for stepping down.
"The Islamist extremists have not been defeated; they have melted into the heat haze of the desert."
"Nobody questions France's rapid deployment, but the ability to hold onto the cities and territory is an immense challenge. It is not clear how they will be able to sustain the recent gains," said Alex Vines, head of the Africa program at Chatham House.