Mali has been a hot bed for Islamist insurgents and you don't find a lot of good footage through the mainstream media. VICE is known to get into the thick of things even if they give their own slant at times. The video below is part one of a two part series covering the insurgency in Gao where the government forces battle the the insurgents with support from French troops. It is certainly interesting to see the hodgepodge of uniforms utilized and the Malian troops unique combat style if you want to call it that. Africa has and will be a focal point for targeting extremists, so it is interesting to see this perspective and the elements that are combating it or at least what is out in the open.