This is the consequence of our intervention in Libya:
Mali's junta brushed off calls to give up power on Tuesday as world powers sounded the alarm and Islamists tightened their grip on the north, ordering women to wear veils in storied Timbuktu.
Feeling the bite of mounting sanctions and pressure from all sides, the soldiers who seized power on March 22 proposed a national meeting on Thursday and dispatched a team to Nigeria for talks on an exit from the growing crisis.
Since the coup, ostensibly over the government's failure to stamp out a northern rebellion, the junta has lost over half the country's territory – an area the size of France – in a matter of days to the rebel juggernaut.
Islamists seized control of the ancient trading hub Timbuktu over the weekend alongside Tuareg rebels and have since chased out their allies and declared to residents and religious leaders that they were imposing sharia law.
This is the direct consequence of NATO's intervention in Libya. This shouldn't an afterthought. This should be the top of the news.
We did this.