Nossiter, Adam. "Attacks on U.N. Force Add to Unrest in Mali." The New York Times. The New York Times, 30 Apr. 2015. Web. 04 May 2015.
In Mali, United Nations peacekeepers, Malian soldiers, and other armed groups are involved in violent conflicts. Over the past few weeks, nine soldiers and many civilians have been killed. A peace deal that was forming between the rebels and government in Mali is now in danger even with 10,000 peacekeeping soldiers active. This conflict is occuring because of a weak government in northern Mali that is being controlled by Islamic rebels and other armed factions. Every time UN forces attempt to control the North, they meet strong resistance from the groups of bandits roaming around the cities.
France is involved in this conflict because they helped push out the rebels in early 2013. Their victory angered the rebel groups and are causing them to fight back today. Also, the United Nations is involved.
This conflict is being conducted with a few vehicles and ground troops. The cause of this conflict is the movement to reach a peace deal with the rebels and the presence of peacekeeping troops. Non-violent efforts are to create a peace deal, but they are not effective due to the ongoing violent acts.