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.

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.

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.

Mali: Jihadists claim kidnap of ICRC team

2014-02-11 12:31

A leading Islamist militant group has kidnapped a team of Red Cross workers in northern Mali who had been reported missing, an official from the jihadist group 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.

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.

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.

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.

Mali: France launches major offensive

2013-04-09 11:23

A French force of 1 000 soldiers in a major offensive has swept a valley thought to be a logistics base for al-Qaeda-linked Islamist near the Malian city of Gao, a report says.

Heavy fighting continues in Mali

2013-03-03 16:42

At least 50 rebel fighters have been killed in recent days in clashes with French and Chadian troops near the town of Gao in northern Mali.

More suicide bombs hit Mali

2013-02-22 14:27

Five people, including two suicide bombers, have died in car bombings in northern Mali, a day after fierce urban battles between French-led forces and Islamists left up to 20 extremists dead, officials said.

Fears of 'catastrophic' violence in Mali

2013-02-13 07:45

Mali risks descending into "catastrophic" violence, the UN rights chief has warned, as tensions swept the country after a string of attacks by Islamic rebels on French-led forces.

Mali on edge after suicide attack

2013-02-09 22:34

Malian troops have bolstered security at army checkpoints after Islamists claimed responsibility for the country's first suicide attack.

Suicide bombing in Mali

2013-02-09 10:10

An Islamist suicide bomber has blown himself up in northern Mali, the first such attack in the country, while rival factions of the Malian army clashed in the capital Bamako.

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.

French forces take airport, bridge in Mali

2013-01-26 16:36

France's defence minister says French forces have taken control of an area around the airport and bridge in Gao, a city in northeastern Mali that for months has been controlled by al-Qaeda-linked jihadists.

Mali denies journo killed in Gao

2013-01-21 12:20

The Malian government has denied a journalist was killed in the northern town of Gao, which has been held by Islamists for nearly nine months.

Islamists flee French air strikes in Mali

2013-01-15 07:54

French air strikes have forced Islamist guerrillas to flee towns in northern Mali and Paris secured new international support for military action as the militants struck back, seizing a small western town.

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.

Bouteflika backs foreign help in Mali

2012-12-11 14:10

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika says it is normal for Mali to get global support in its fight against “terrorism”, while urging talks with moderate rebels.

UN sanctions al-Qaeda linked Mali Islamists

2012-12-06 10:47

The UN Security Council has ordered sanctions against an al-Qaeda linked Islamist group in a new sign of a tougher line being taken with militants who have taken over much of Mali.

Mali rebels lose their last base in north

2012-11-21 10:23

Islamist extremist rebels say they have pushed secular Tuareg fighters from Menaka, their last base in northern Mali.

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.

Foreign jihadists pour into northern Mali

2012-10-22 09:17

Hundreds of jihadist fighters have poured into Mali to support the Islamists who have controlled the north for seven months, ahead of a threatened regional intervention to seize back power.


UN north Mali camp attacked

2014-08-29 17:21

Suspected armed Islamist extremists have fired rockets at a camp of the UN mission in Mali in the north of the country.

Mali slams 'cowardly murder' of French hostage

2014-04-23 16:49

Mali has denounced as a “cowardly and despicable murder” the death of a French hostage announced by one of the west African nation’s top jihadist groups.

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 blames terrorists for violence in north

2014-02-10 13:27

Mali’s government says terrorists have killed 30 Tuaregs in the north of the country,. contradicting reports of clashes between local Tuareg and Peul communities.

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.

'22 escaped Niger prison during unrest'

2013-06-03 07:38

Several "terrorists" were among 22 inmates who escaped a prison in the Niger capital Niamey during unrest in which three guards were killed, the government says.

Terrorist sleeper cell dismantled in Mali

2013-04-30 20:23

A terrorist sleeper cell belonging to the Movement of Oneness and Jihad in West Africa has been discovered in the Malian capital, an official confirms.

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.

Mali PM tours war-scarred northern city

2013-04-11 13:06

Mali's acting Prime Minister Diango Cissoko has arrived in the north-eastern city of Gao for the first visit there by a head of government since it was overrun by Tuareg rebels more than a year ago.

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.

Mali troops fire weapons at town hall

2013-02-22 21:25

Malian soldiers have fired rocket-propelled grenades at the town hall in Gao, where armed Islamist forces had been holed up the previous day during heavy fighting.

Rebels claim Mali car bomb

2013-02-22 09:46

Al-Qaeda-linked rebels have claimed a car bomb attack near a camp housing French troops as Malian and foreign forces battle to secure Mali’s volatile north against Islamist fighters.

Mali: France bombs Islamist hideout

2013-02-12 11:29

France has bombed an Islamist rebel hideout in northern Mali’s largest city, intensifying a security lock-down against guerrilla attacks as the French-led campaign enters its second month.

Explosives-laden youth held in Mali

2013-02-09 14:33

Villagers near the city of Gao in northern Mali have detained two youths alleged to have had explosives strapped to their bodies near the site of a suicide attack.

Tanks, mines, poverty strangle Mali town

2013-02-06 12:36

Douentza's Islamist occupiers have fled, but the central Malian town is still effectively under siege, its residents cut off from the outside world by tanks, landmines and poverty.

Mali's Gao erases Islamist trace

2013-01-31 13:01

Armed with fresh paint and patrols, Mali’s key northern city of Gao is trying to wipe out the traces left behind by the Islamists who ruled it until French and Malian forces came to its rescue last weekend.

Horrors of Malian war

2013-01-22 09:33

For the many Malians who have fled to Burkina Faso in recent days, facing life in a refugee camp has won out over the horrors of war.

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.

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 troops fire shots at Islamist fighters

2013-01-08 12:28

Malian soldiers have fired warning shots at Islamist fighters amid fears that they are planning to advance on the government-controlled south of the impoverished country, a military source says.

Ansar Dine: We're key to Mali peace talks

2012-12-06 13:35

Negotiators for Ansar Dine, one of three Islamist groups that control northern Mali, say military action to oust the extremists is futile and that they are key to peace talks, a report says.

Mali rebels vow to respect national unity

2012-12-05 13:13

Mali government officials have met with two armed groups for the first time in a landmark encounter that saw the rebels pledge to respect the country’s territorial integrity and root out "terrorism".

Mali Islamists claim victory over Tuaregs

2012-11-19 12:47

One of the Islamist groups that seized northen Mali earlier this year is claiming victory over Tuareg fighters who tried to dislodge them, residents and a spokesperson for the group says.

Tuareg rebels deny Islamist surge in Mali

2012-10-22 20:09

Tuareg rebels have denied reports that massive numbers of jihadists have surged into northern Mali to discourage foreign military intervention against armed Islamists occupying the region.

Islamists destroy saint's Mali tomb

2012-09-17 14:39

Islamists have destroyed the tomb of a Muslim saint in a northern Mali region under their control, two months after similar incidents brought widespread condemnation, sources say.

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