Wanted jihadist hiding in Libya

2014-04-14 11:35

Fugitive jihadist commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar is hiding in Libya, from where he plans to mastermind terrorist attacks across Africa’s Sahel region, security sources say.

French kill jihadist commander in Mali

2014-03-14 15:04

A notorious Islamist militia leader known as “Red Beard” has been killed in French missile strikes in north-eastern Mali, a senior Malian army officer says.

Mali, Mauritania ink deal on fight terror

2014-01-13 08:46

The leaders of Mali and Mauritania have signed an accord to boost military co-operation and information sharing in the battle against “armed groups or terrorists”.

US military faces Africa cuts

2013-11-15 08:59

US military forces in Africa may lose well over a tenth from their 2014 budget, the US Africa Command says, although it sees success against militants in Somalia and Mali.

Qaeda claim for French journo killings 'plausible'

2013-11-07 10:50

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's claim of responsibility for the killing of two French journalists in northern Mali last week is plausible, an official says.

Mali begins multi-million-dollar rebuild

2013-10-31 22:20

Mali has allocated more than $20m to rebuild parts of the west African nation shattered by months of conflict following a sweeping Islamist takeover by rebels linked to al-Qaeda.

France denies paying ransom

2013-10-30 18:57

Four Frenchmen held hostage in the Sahara desert by alQaeda-linked gunmen for three years flew home and were reunited with their families with Paris dismissing media reports it had paid a ransom.

Tunisian forces, jihadists clash

2013-10-12 20:34

Tunisian security forces and suspected jihadists have clashed near Mount Chaambi, a stronghold near the Algerian border of militants linked to al-Qaeda.

Aqim claims Mali suicide bombing

2013-09-30 15:11

Al-Qaeda's north African division has claimed responsibility for a car bomb that rocked the Malian city of Timbuktu over the weekend, a report says.

French man held for 'provoking' terrorism

2013-09-19 22:33

France has arrested the webmaster of a jihadist site on charges of "provoking" terrorism, prosecutors say as the government warned hundreds of homegrown Islamist militants were signing up for Syria.

Tunisian Islamist radicals plan Islamic state

2013-08-29 11:28

The freshly banned jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia is planning a series of political assassinations in Tunisia in its efforts to establish an Islamic emirate in North Africa, an official says.

France confirms Mali hostage death

2013-07-16 08:36

President Francois Hollande's office has confirmed the death of a French hostage in Mali, ending the uncertainty about the status of one of six French citizens captured by al-Qaeda.

Qaeda warns Tunisia Salafists

2013-05-19 21:34

A top al-Qaeda leader has urged Tunisian Salafists to avoid falling to government provocations in order to retain public support, as clashes erupted between them and police.

French Islamist held in Mali arrives in Paris

2013-05-14 14:04

A French Islamist arrested in northern Mali has arrived in Paris and has been handed over to the DCRI intelligence agency for questioning, a security source says.

Mali flies French Islamist's family to Paris

2013-05-02 18:52

The wife and children of a French Islamist arrested in northern Mali have been "evacuated" to Paris, Malian airport and security sources say.

Algeria attack kills 3 auxiliary cops

2013-04-29 09:11

Three Algerian auxiliary policemen have been killed in what a security official called a "terrorist" attack, a term authorities use to refer to armed Islamists, a report says.

Libya in tough test over embassy attack

2013-04-24 21:13

The bomb attack on the French embassy has highlighted the security situation in Libya, with extremists and militias gaining influence.

Spain arrests 2 terror suspects

2013-04-23 16:50

Spanish police have arrested two suspected members of al-Qaeda's North African branch, one of whom Spanish authorities alleged, praised the Boston Marathon bombings.

At least 7 French hostages held in Africa

2013-04-19 14:13

At least seven French citizens are still held hostage in Africa after the release of seven members of a French family who were kidnapped in Cameroon in February.

Tunisia sets up cells to combat Qaeda

2013-03-27 19:35

Tunisia has announced it is setting up crisis cells to combat "terrorist activity," after the United States warned that al-Qaeda was seeking to establish a base in the country.

US puts Mali rebel group on terror blacklist

2013-03-22 07:46

The US has placed Mali’s Islamist Ansar Dine on its terror blacklist accusing the group of close links with al-Qaeda and of torturing and killing opponents in northern Mali.

Mali conflict in bloodiest phase

2013-03-05 22:29

France says that dozens of Islamist militants have been killed in the bloodiest phase of the Mali conflict to date, but it remained unclear if key commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar was among them.

Al-Qaeda plan for northern Mali revealed

2013-02-14 17:31

A document left behind in the bombed remains of an al-Qaeda training headquarters in the Malian city of Timbuktu gives a rare insight into the organisation's thinking.

Mali: France urges deployment of UN troops

2013-02-07 10:15

France has formerly asked the UN Security Council to consider the deployment of an international peacekeeping operation in Mali, once the situation allows French troops to leave that country.


France: 40 Islamists killed in Mali operations

2014-03-20 11:06

French soldiers have killed about 40 Islamist fighters, including some senior commanders, in Mali in recent weeks, an official says.

French army kills 11 militants in Mali

2014-01-24 15:39

A French counter-terrorism offensive in rebel-infested northern Mali has ended with 11 Islamist militants killed and a French soldier wounded, military sources say.

French army kills 19 Islamists in Mali

2013-12-10 21:52

French troops have killed 19 Islamist militants during an army operation in Mali's rebel-infested northern desert as the country prepared to stage nationwide elections.

Mali confident key polls can be held

2013-11-11 09:51

Mali's government is confident that the shaky security situation in the desert north will not stop nationwide legislative elections from going ahead later this month, a minister says.

Tunisia talks suspended

2013-11-05 12:38

Talks on choosing a new Tunisian PM have been suspended indefinitely after political leaders once again failed to agree on a leader to steer the country out of crisis.

Next hearing in Morocco Qaeda video case set for Dec

2013-10-31 11:58

The case of Moroccan journalist Ali Anouzla, accused of aiding "terrorism" after posting a video link attributed to al-Qaeda, has been adjourned for two months, his sister says.

Niger: Freed French hostages head home

2013-10-30 12:11

Four Frenchmen kidnapped by al-Qaeda militants in Niger are on their way back to France after more than three years in a "nightmare" of captivity.

Islamists blow up bridge in north Mali

2013-10-08 14:44

Armed Islamic extremists have blown up a small bridge near Mali’s largest northern town of Gao, wounding two civilians, police and local government sources say.

Moroccan charged with inciting 'terrorism'

2013-09-25 13:39

A Moroccan journalist arrested last week for posting a link to an al-Qaeda video threatening Morocco has been charged with defending and inciting "terrorism", his lawyer says.

Al-Qaeda releases hostage video - report

2013-09-17 07:52

Al-Qaeda's north African branch has released a video purporting to show seven kidnapped Westerners, a report says.

Malians go to polls in watershed polls

2013-07-29 09:41

Mali has voted for a new president in a bid to usher in peace and stability in the first election since a military coup helped plunge the country into chaos.

19 dead, hostages taken in Niger attacks

2013-05-23 16:15

Islamist militants have staged brazen twin car bomb attacks on an army base and a French-run uranium mine in Niger, killing at least 19 people and taking trainee army officers hostage.

Anti-terrorism fight gets a boost

2013-05-14 21:08

South Africa will step up collaboration with other countries to fight terrorism and trans-national crime, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele says.

Morocco arrests 'terror' cells

2013-05-05 22:00

Morocco's interior ministry says it had arrested two "terrorist" cells in the northern Nador region who were in contact with Islamist extremists in Mali.

Mali: French forces leaving Timbuktu

2013-04-29 10:16

Dozens of French forces have left the northern Malian town of Timbuktu several months after their military operation largely ousted radical Islamic fighters from the area, a French military official says.

Mali smashes Islamist cell in Bamako

2013-04-28 21:27

Malian security services have broken up a cell in the capital Bamako operated by one of the Islamist groups that had controlled northern Mali until a French-led military intervention.

Car bomb targets French Embassy in Libya

2013-04-23 19:31

A car bomb has targeted the French Embassy in the Libyan capital, wounding two French guards and a Libyan teenager.

France slams attack on embassy in Libya

2013-04-23 12:20

French President Francois Hollande has condemned the attack on his country's embassy in Libya, saying France expects the Libyan authorities to "shed light on this unacceptable act".

Defeated in Mali, Islamists reorganise

2013-04-17 12:28

Ousted from their major northern strongholds by a French-led military, Mali's Islamist militants are beginning to regroup at home and abroad.

Jihadists claim deadly Timbuktu attack

2013-03-22 16:31

One of the main armed Islamist groups in northern Mali has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing and armed assault on Timbuktu which left one soldier and 12 militants dead.

French hostage in Mali 'killed'

2013-03-20 14:13

France is investigating a claim by the North African offshoot of al-Qaeda that it killed French businessman Philippe Verdon who was kidnapped in Mali in 2011, an official says.

Islamist chief 'likely' killed in Mali

2013-03-04 14:42

Top Islamist leader Abdelhamid Abou Zeid has "likely" been killed in Mali as reported by Chadian forces, the French army’s chief of staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud says.

French hostages taken to Nigeria - official

2013-02-20 07:56

Kidnappers who seized seven members of a French family, including four young children in Cameroon, have taken them across the border into Nigeria, Cameroon's government says.

Algeria hostage-taker's brother charged

2013-02-13 09:56

Two Mauritanians including the brother of one of the hostage-takers who seized an Algerian gas field last month have been charged with trying to join al-Qaeda o fight in Mali, a judicial source says.

Niger ready to host US drones for Mali

2013-01-31 09:02

Niger says it is ready to host a base for US drones monitoring movements by al-Qaeda-linked groups currently based in northern Mali.

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