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4. What event in Mali precipitated an announcement in Jan. 2013 by French President Francois Hollande that French military forces were assisting Malian forces in their conflict?

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The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), an organization fighting to make Azawad an independent homeland for the Tuareg people, took over Mali's three largest northern cities.


Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré was ousted in a coup d'état by mutineering soldiers unhappy with his handling of the Tuareg crisis.


Islamist fighters took control of many northern Malian cities.

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