France’s military intervention in Mali two years ago to stop advancing jihadist forces confirmed the status of the Sahel as an important new front in the global war on terror.
France quickly declared victory as the enemy evaporated into the desert. Yet today the region remains a hotbed of instability as rebel attacks and kidnappings continue. And while French troops consolidate their presence, new players primarily China and the United States, are increasingly active there and on the rest of the continent.
SHADOW WAR IN THE SAHARA questions the official narrative of this “terror war”, and asks whether the desert masks a larger struggle, that for control of the region’s valuable natural resources - the vast deposits of petroleum, strategic minerals, and even the water that lie under its sands.
The film reveals that the ‘war on terror’ is clearly more than it seems and highlights:
* The growing power and influence of the U.S. military’s new Africa Command (AFRICOM).
* The significance of AFRICOM’S first war to depose its chief opponent in Africa, Libya’s Colonel Mouammar Gadaffi.
* How the chaos that followed Gadaffi’s removal precipitated the crisis in Mali.
* How Malian government troops trained by AFRICOM staged a coup in Mali.
* Interests that could have motivated France’s military intervention in the Sahel.
The film details how global empires are jockeying for position in what the some are calling the “New African Resource Wars of the 21st Century”. It shows how 130 years after European powers first carved up the continent, a ‘new scramble” for Africa is underway.