ARTICLES RELATING TO ANSAR DINE

Mali suicide bomber dies in failed attack

2013-06-04 17:17

A suspected Islamist suicide bomber blew himself up but caused no other casualties in an attack in the northern Malian city of Kidal, the bastion of Tuareg separatist MNLA rebels.

100s of rebels killed, France to leave Mali

2013-02-06 11:21

French-led forces have killed hundreds of militants in fighting to reclaim northern Mali and with the rebels' last bastion secured, France says, it will begin withdrawing troops in March.

Mali: Troops surround fabled Timbuktu

2013-01-28 12:32

French-led troops have surrounded Mali's fabled desert city of Timbuktu after seizing its airport in a lightning advance against Islamists who have been driven from key northern strongholds.

Mali’s Ansar Dine splits into 2

2013-01-24 14:58

One wing of Mali’s Ansar Dine rebel group has split to create its own movement, saying that they want to negotiate a solution to the crisis in Mali.

Mali Islamists regroup to strike back

2013-01-15 22:05

Caught off guard by France's fierce offensive against their bases, Islamists occupying northern Mali have fled into the vast desert to regroup and plot their next move.

Troops, Islamists clash in central Mali

2013-01-10 11:25

Malian troops have exchanged fire with armed Islamist groups that have been occupying the country’s vast desert north for nine months and appear to be trying to push further south.

Mali rebels, govt set to meet

2012-12-04 09:17

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, west Africa's chief mediator for the crisis in Mali, is set to hold his first joint meeting with delegations from the Malian government and two rebel groups, his office says.

Top Mali mediator meets rebel leaders

2012-11-16 22:33

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore has held joint talks with Mali's Islamist rebels Ansar Dine and Tuareg separatist leaders for the first time.

West African ministers meet on Mali plan

2012-11-09 17:04

West African foreign and defence ministers have met to set out a military blueprint aimed at returning Islamist-occupied northern Mali to government control.

Army chiefs adopt Mali intervention plan

2012-11-07 15:51

West African army chiefs have adopted a military plan to expel Islamic extremists from northern Mali, which they have occupied for seven months.

Mali Islamists to meet crisis mediator

2012-11-06 09:54

Representatives of one of the armed Islamist groups in northern Mali are to meet a lead mediator as plans for military action take shape.

Leader of Qaeda N African branch dies

2012-09-10 07:59

A spokesperson for a radical Islamic group in northern Mali has confirmed that a leader of al-Qaeda's North African branch was killed in a car crash.

Timbuktu drinker gets 40 lashes

2012-07-16 22:18

A Timbuktu man accused of drinking alcohol has been given 40 lashes by members of an Islamist group that has seized the north Malian city and imposed Islamic law.

UN threatens sanctions on Mali fighters

2012-07-06 08:06

The UN Security Council has threatened sanctions against Islamist fighters in northern Mali and condemned the destruction of sacred tombs in the ancient city of Timbuktu.

Malians protest against Islamists

2012-07-04 15:29

Protesters from northern Mali have held a sit-in in Bamako against Islamists who have enforced strict sharia, destroyed ancient shrines and trapped residents with landmines in their region.

AU slams destruction of Timbuktu tombs

2012-07-02 13:51

The African Union has condemned the ongoing destruction of mausoleums by radical Islamists in the ancient city of Timbuktu.

Mali rebel groups clash

2012-06-13 17:44

Fighting breaks out between secular and Islamist rebels in northern Mali leaving at least 3 wounded.

Mali's Timbuktu schools re-open

2012-05-07 16:58

Schools have re-opened in Mali's Islamist-held Timbuktu, with separate hours for girls.

Junta denounces Mali rights abuses

2012-04-04 21:56

The military junta that seized control of Mali says rebels are committing "grave violations" in the northern town of Gao after they recently sacked the strategic town.

 

Militants seize town in north-eastern Mali

2013-04-22 09:31

Arab militants have captured a village near Mali's city of Timbuktu, sources say, as ethnic Tuareg rebels massed in a show of strength near another key northern city.

Top Mali Islamist arrested near border

2013-02-04 08:27

The number-three leader of the Islamist group that controlled Timbuktu in Mali until last week, has been arrested near the Algerian border.

France confirms 20 Mali strikes

2013-01-28 07:40

The French defence ministry has confirmed carrying out at least 20 airstrikes on targets held by armed Islamists in two northern Malian regions.

France to stay in Mali until stability restored

2013-01-16 07:39

France will end its intervention in Mali only once stability has returned to the West African country, French President Francois Hollande says.

Islamists vow to strike 'at heart' of France

2013-01-14 12:38

Islamist forces based in northern Mali have vowed to avenge France’s military offensive against them on French soil.

Mali army expects new Islamist attack

2013-01-09 22:29

Mali has sent soldiers to reinforce troops expecting an attack by Islamist rebels who have already seized the northern two-thirds of the country.

Mali groups reject Algeria, Burkina Faso role

2012-11-26 09:47

A coalition of Malian political parties and a citizen's association based in the Islamist-occupied north has objected to Algeria and Burkina Faso's role in mediating their country's crisis.

Rebels don't want Sharia across all Mali

2012-11-14 19:09

Ansar Dine, one of the armed Islamist groups occupying northern Mali, says it does not want to impose Sharia law across the entire country, but still wants to keep it in its stronghold of Kidal.

Leaders to meet on Mali intervention

2012-11-08 19:53

West African heads of state will meet in Abuja to adopt a plan for their troops to recapture northern Mali from radical Islamists, the grouping says.

'Important steps' made in Mali talks

2012-11-06 14:26

The foreign affairs minister of Burkina Faso says important steps have been made after three days of talks with an extremist group whose members control parts of northern Mali.

I Coast exiles set up strategic base

2012-10-10 15:16

Exiles supporting Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo have established a base in neighbouring Ghana from which they are working to destabilise the current Ivorian government, a report says.

Mali Islamists release 3 hostages

2012-07-18 18:09

Islamist rebels say one Italian and two Spanish hostages have been released in north Mali.

Timbuktu Arabs protect ancient tombs

2012-07-11 21:00

Members of Timbuktu's Arab are setting up an armed brigade to prevent further destruction of the tombs of ancient Muslim saints by Islamists occupying northern Mali.

Fears as Africa faces new 'arc of terror'

2012-07-06 08:06

From east to west Africa, a rise in Islamic extremism has led to a surge in deadly attacks and kidnappings by groups linked to al-Qaeda, sparking fears of a new "arc of terror" on the continent.

Mali will recover lost territory – minister

2012-07-03 10:24

Mali will do everything it can to recover the vast northern territory seized by Tuareg separatists and now mainly controlled by Islamist extremists, the country's foreign minister says.

Timbuktu couple get 100 lashes for child

2012-06-20 22:36

The Islamists occupying northern Mali have been given a couple 100 lashes of a whip for having a child out of wedlock as they continue enforcing shari'ah law.

Tuaregs, Islamists clash in northern Mali

2012-06-08 12:35

Tuareg rebels have clashed with Islamist fighters in northern Mali, a vast swathe of land that has been held by disparate rebels forces for the last two months, witnesses say.

Mali asks Mauritania help to sort crisis

2012-04-16 07:32

Mali is calling on Mauritania to help resolve the crisis in the north of the country, which has fallen into the control of Tuareg rebels and Islamists.

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