Nigeria to start Mali troop withdrawal

2013-07-31 07:55

Nigeria will begin withdrawal of some of its troops from Mali because they are needed back home, where the country is battling a deadly Islamist insurgency, officials say.

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.

Mistrust in Mali's 'sandaled' soldiers

2013-03-14 09:04

There has been disquiet in Mali after French President Francois Hollande announced the withdrawal of French troops.

Chad calls for rapid troop deployment

2013-02-27 21:08

Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno has urged the Malian army and West African force to speed up the deployment of troops to northern Mali.

13 Chad troops, 65 rebels killed in Mali

2013-02-23 08:46

Thirteen Chadian soldiers and 65 militants have been killed in a fierce battle in the mountainous Ifoghas region of northern Mali.


Troops pass baton to UN peacekeepers

2013-06-30 08:02

The African-led Afisma - the west-African and Chadian force being replaced by UN peacekeepers – has set up by the Economic Community of West African States.

Mali Tuareg rebels reject elections

2013-04-24 21:13

Mali's Tuareg separatist rebels have dismissed French calls to disarm ahead of July elections saying they would fight to the death.

Mali defends record against abuse claims

2013-03-13 08:05

Mali's interim president has defended the country's rights record against accusations by the UN that the military was guilty of atrocities against ethnic groups in the war-torn north.

West African Mali forces to cost €715m

2013-02-25 20:30

West African nations will need aid worth €715m to sustain and reinforce a military mission to help fight Islamists in Mali.

Niger president visits Mali bound troops

2013-01-22 22:44

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou has paid a morale-boosting visit to troops preparing for battle in the key Islamist stronghold region of Gao.

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