Maybe, but the Tuaregs have longed for independence for decades, and Mali's security has been declining for years.
The International Criminal Court issued international arrest warrants today for Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, and intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi, charging them with crimes against humanity in the early weeks of Libya's uprising. It is only the second-ever international arrest warrant for a sitting head of state and the inquiry that preceded it was one of only a handful into crimes committed by world leaders. Below, a look at prosecution of current and past world leaders:
NATO airstrikes today hit two government buildings in Tripoli, including the Interior Ministry.
Trucks were piled high with household items as Libya refugees crossed the border into Tunisia seeking safety from an escalation in random bombings.
Italy today became the third nation to recognize Libya's rebels as the legitimate government, dealing a blow to attempts by Muammar Qaddafi and his sons to negotiate a diplomatic settlement.
April Fool's Day pranks about Muammar Qaddafi (including that he has been captured) are circulating online. But when it comes to the enigmatic leader, the truth is stranger than fiction.
Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, with his claims of total popular support and theatrical displays at bombing sites, treads a fine line between rhetoric and reality.
Rebels fled from the eastern Libya town of Ajdabiya, seen as key to the success of the uprising against Muammar Qaddafi, as it came under a heavy air assault today.
Push me too far, and I’ll push global oil prices through the roof, seems to be the message of Col. Muammar Qaddafi as he launches the first strikes on Libya's oil assets.
'We have God on our side and a just cause, but Qaddafi has better weapons,' says a rebel fighter in Ras Lanuf, which has come under withering assault by Libya leader Muammar Qaddafi's forces.
In Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city, one member of the transitional city council says that 'we have surprised even ourselves' as residents have stepped forward to maintain order.
Muammar Qaddafi is taking a defiant stand even as rebel forces close in on Tripoli. Libya's leader today volunteered to open his weapons caches to anyone who wants to fight on his side.
Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city and a long-time opposition hub, started a wave of rebellion against Muammar Qaddafi that is now closing in on Tripoli.
Libya's besieged leader, facing a rebel advance on Tripoli and possible international sanctions, also pledged a 150 percent increase in some government workers' wages.
Switzerland froze the assets of Libya strongman Muammar Qaddafi and 26 other people from his entourage, less than two weeks after freezing assets belonging to Egypt's Hosni Mubarak.
Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi is almost entirely isolated from the international community now, as EU leaders call for sanctions and the African Union condemns his actions.
Italy and Spain depend on Libya for as much as 22 percent and 13 percent of total crude consumption, respectively, a supply not easily replaced on short notice.
In eastern Libya, local youths – some in uniform, some with guns slung over their shoulders – and tribes that have dropped their support for Qaddafi appear to be running the show.
Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi has long elicited chuckles abroad with his outlandish attire and over-the-top rhetoric, but his brutal crackdown this week is no laughing matter. This backgrounder offers a look at how the eccentric dictator came to power – and how he's held on to it for more than 40 years.
Libya's leader Muammar Qaddafi is known to have strong patronage networks with tribal leaders throughout Africa. Multiple witnesses say African mercenaries have brutally suppressed Libyan protesters in recent days.
Libya leader Muammar Qaddafi has retained power for four decades by playing political rivals, including his sons, off one another, cables from the US ambassador to Libya reveal.