No, the events in Mali are a civil war between the government and rebels, whereas Afghanistan had no effective government and allowed the terrorists to use their country as a base for attacking the U.S.<quoted text>
But there are terrorists camps in Mali.
The mission was to get Bin Laden & make sure Afghanistan would no longer be a safe harbor for terrorists.
If all we wanted to do was destroy camps, we could have done that with air strikes alone.
Once Bush invaded, he committed us to nation building.
Air strikes alone would not have been effective against the terrorist camps.
The nation-building business is B.S.