What is Happening in Mali?

I know that Al Qaeda was in northern Mali and they were trying to push south and claim Mali for themselves, and now the Mali troops are trying to push them back to the north with help from the French. I need to know the entire story because I am writing a report on it. Any sources or explanations are greatly... show more I know that Al Qaeda was in northern Mali and they were trying to push south and claim Mali for themselves, and now the Mali troops are trying to push them back to the north with help from the French.

I need to know the entire story because I am writing a report on it. Any sources or explanations are greatly appreciated.

BQ: Is this an "ethnic conflict"?
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