U.S. Special Forces, civil war, and a rising Islamist insurgency which includes al Qaeda. No, it's not Afghanistan.
This is the situation in the African nation Mali. And it could be America's next big problem.
The Obama administration is tight-lipped about U.S. Involvement in Mali. However, three U.S. Army commandos were killed in a mysterious car crash in Mali's capital this spring and there are reports of a major C.I.A presence.
Rand Political Scientist Seth Jones is OutFront.
U.N. defers decision on military intervention in Mali
The United Nations called for sanctions against Islamist fighters in northern Mali and warned it is considering a proposal by West Africa states to deploy troops in the troubled country.
In a resolution passed Thursday, the U.N. Security Council did not authorize a military intervention, but said it is willing to review such a proposal and called on sanctions to restore peace.
It also urged U.N. member states to submit names of those with ties to al Qaeda in the nation.
The Economic Community of West African States has proposed plans to deploy troops from member states, but the Security Council said it needs more details on the request.
"The council expressed its readiness to further examine this request and encouraged close cooperation between the Malian transitional authorities, ECOWAS, the African Union and other countries to prepare detailed options in regard to any such forces mandate," the United Nations said in a statement.