Mali Islamists step up threats as France pushes for war.

by Machiavelli

Rivers of Hope

  • Malians gesture behind the national flag at a rally against the seizure of northern Mali by Tuareg and Islamist rebels, in Bamako April 11, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

    Enlarge PhotoReuters/Reuters – Malians gesture behind the national flag at a rally against the seizure of northern Mali by Tuareg and Islamist rebels, in Bamako April 11, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Al Qaeda-linked Islamists in Mali threatened on Saturday to “open the doors of hell” for French citizens if France kept pushing for a war to retake the rebel-held north.

The renewed threats against French hostages and expatriates came ahead of a summit of French-speaking nations in Congo, where President Francois Hollande was expected to urge the rapid deployment of an African-led force to rout the Islamists.

The U.N. Security Council called on Friday for an intervention plan to be drawn up within 45 days after passing a French-drafted resolution to revive attempts to end the crisis.

“If he continues to throw oil on the fire, we will send him the pictures of dead French hostages in the coming…

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