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French army kills 'big fish' jihadist in Mali

2014-12-12 12:04

The French army says it has killed a top jihadist commander in a military operation in northern Mali, describing it as a heavy blow to Islamists operating in West Africa.

ISIS-linked jihadists behead Frenchman

2014-09-25 06:12

Jihadists linked to ISIS have beheaded a Frenchman abducted in Algeria in a video posted online, but President Francois Hollande vowed France would not give in to blackmail.

UN slams killing of Chadian peacekeeper in Mali

2014-09-15 08:58

The UN has condemned the killing of a Chadian peacekeeper in Mali, saying the such attacks won't alter the determination of the United Nations to support the Malian people in their search for peace.

UN asks Sahel countries to set up border patrols

2014-08-28 07:56

The UN Security Council has asked African countries of the troubled Sahel region to set up regional patrols to better protect their borders from organized crime and terror groups.

2 Tunisian soldiers killed in 'terrorist' attack

2014-07-17 08:44

At least two Tunisian soldiers have been killed and several wounded in "terrorist" attacks on two army posts near the border with Algeria, the country's defence ministry says.

UN blacklists Boko Haram leader

2014-06-26 13:02

The UN has sanctioned the leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram and a splinter group, the first individual and entity to be designated by the world body since the Islamist militant group was blacklisted.

Tunisian cops kill two Islamist militants

2014-06-13 11:58

Tunisian police have killed militants near the Algerian border in exchange of fire, the government says, two weeks after Islamists attacked the interior minister’s family home.

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.

 

SA hostage still held in Mali

2014-12-09 18:16

Following the release of Franco-Serbian Serge Lazarevic, held captive in north Africa since 24 November 2011, three European/ South Africa hostages remain in the region.

Tunis foils attacks on envoys

2014-10-20 21:00

Tunisian authorities have foiled planned attacks by militants on foreign diplomats and economic installations in recent weeks, Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou says.

Sekleka rebels kidnap 9 Cameroonians

2014-09-22 16:30

Rebels from the Central African Republic have kidnapped nine Cameroonian nationals to press the Cameroonian government to release their leader.

Landmine kills Chadian peacekeeper in Mali

2014-09-15 06:04

A Chadian UN peacekeeper has been killed and several others injured when their vehicle struck a landmine in northern Mali, military sources in the country says.

Jihadists claim French soldier blast

2014-07-17 18:15

A jihadist movement led by al-Qaeda-linked Mokhtar Belmokhtar has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed a French soldier in Mali.

Boko Haram is Nigeria's 'biggest threat'

2014-07-01 09:10

Nigeria's Boko Haram militant group has become the biggest security threat of Africa's top oil producer, even as the US imposed sanctions on its leader Abubakar Shekau in 2012.

Qaeda claims attack on Tunisia minister's home

2014-06-13 13:02

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility a recent attack on the home of Tunisia’s interior minister that killed four policemen, the first such claim in the country.

9 'terrorists' killed near Algeria-Mali border

2014-05-06 10:32

Algerian armed forces have killed nine armed Islamists near the Malian border, the defence ministry says.

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.

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