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  1. News - World - MALI

    Islamists set fire to library housing ancient manuscripts

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... army reached the gates of Timbuktu on Saturday and secured the town's airport. But they appear to have arrived too late to save the leather-bound manuscripts, which were a unique record ... swooped in to try to block fleeing hardliners as ground troops coming from the south seized the airport of Timbuktu, which has been a bastion of the extremists controlling the north for 10 months. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1138291/islamists-set-fire-library-housing-ancient-manuscripts
  2. News - World - MALI

    French enter last Islamist stronghold in Mali

    Posted Jan 31st 2013, 02:22pm by AFP

    ... airport in the early hours of Wednesday, just days after the capture of Gao and Timbuktu and after a lightning push north, which Paris hopes now to wind down with a handover to African forces. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday the troops at Kidal had been unable to leave the airport there because of a sandstorm. But a spokesman for the newly formed Islamic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1140184/french-enter-last-islamist-stronghold-mali
  3. News - World - MALI

    Three Mali Islamists killed in Timbuktu ‘clean-up’ raid

    Posted Apr 02nd 2013, 01:19am by Agence France-Presse in Bamako

    ... forces have faced continuing suicide blasts and guerrilla attacks in reclaimed territory. On March 21, a suicide bomber blew up a car near the Timbuktu airport at the start of an overnight ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1205147/three-mali-islamists-killed-timbuktu-clean-raid
  4. News - World - MALI

    French president visits Mali to cheers of support

    Posted Feb 02nd 2013, 07:25pm by Associated Press in Timbuktu

    ... Kidal. And others are still to come,” Hollande told the French troops who stood at attention on the tarmac of the city’s airport. They secured the airfield on Monday, after special forces ... “Now, it’s the Malians who have the responsibility to assure the transition, and especially the security, of their country,” he said at the airport. Asked by reporters how soon French troops ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1141988/french-president-visits-mali-cheers-support
  5. News - World - MALI

    Islamists flee as French troops push north

    Posted Jan 22nd 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... and Sevare," Lieutenant Colonel Emmanuel Dosseur said. Niono is about 350 kilometres northeast of the Malian capital, while Sevare is about 630 kilometres from Bamako and has a strategic airport which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1133197/islamists-flee-french-troops-push-north
  6. News - World - MALI

    France increases troop numbers in Mali and prepares for assault

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 10:32am by Associated Press in Bamako

    ... territory held since April by a trio of rebel groups affiliated with al-Qaida. Burly French troops in fatigues carried boxes of munitions as armoured personnel carriers lined up at the airport ... of French Marines camped out on the cement floor of an airport hangar. Although at least 13 countries have offered support to the Mali mission, only France so far has boots on the ground. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1129260/france-increases-troop-numbers-mali-and-prepares-assault
  7. News - World - MALI

    Looting mars liberation as French and Malian troops secure Timbuktu

    Posted Jan 30th 2013, 12:00am by AGENCIES

    ... Cisse, said in Bamako, where he has been in exile since Islamist militants took over the city 10 months ago. French paratroopers on Monday secured Timbuktu's airport and main roads. French ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1138745/looting-mars-liberation-french-and-malian-troops-secure-timbuktu
  8. News - World - MALI

    France bombs Islamist targets in Mali after Hollande visit

    Posted Feb 04th 2013, 02:09am by AFP

    ... in the Tessalit area north of Kidal, where French troops took the airport on Wednesday and have been working to secure the town itself. Residents said French and Chadian soldiers had patrolled ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1142869/france-bombs-islamist-targets-mali-after-hollande-visit
  9. News - World - MALI

    French-led forces take control of key north Mali town, US to help refuel warplanes

    Posted Jan 27th 2013, 10:14am by Agence France-Presse in Bamako

    ... airport and a key bridge on the southern entrance of the town, held by the al-Qaeda-linked Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO). There had not been substantive fighting around ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1137044/french-led-forces-take-control-key-north-mali-town-us-help-refuel
  10. News - World - MALI

    French troops begin withdrawal from Timbuktu

    Posted Feb 08th 2013, 11:55am by Associated Press in Timbuku

    ... Burkhard said fighters flew around 30 sorties during the night of February 2-3, striking 20 targets. French troops are in control of the Kidal airport, while the city and surroundings are patrolled ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1145942/french-troops-begin-withdrawal-timbuktu

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