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  1. News - World - MALI

    France launches major offensive on Mali Islamists

    Posted Apr 09th 2013, 12:39pm by Agence France-Presse in Gao

    ... of the French land forces in Mali, on Monday. “We surrounded the valley north of Gao, which we believe serves as a logistics base for jihadist groups, and we began to search methodically,” said Barrera, who is based in Gao, the largest settlement in northeastern Mali. The city, 1,200km from the capital Bamako, was a stronghold of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), one ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1210661/france-launches-major-offensive-mali-islamists
  2. News - World - FRANCE

    French in tough fight in northern Mali

    Posted Feb 26th 2013, 06:11pm by Associated Press in Paris

    ... Associated Press in Paris France’s defence minister says French troops are involved in “very violent fighting” in the mountains of northern Mali, and that it’s too early to talk about a quick pullout from the West African country despite the growing cost of the intervention. Jean-Yves Le Drian said on France’s RTL radio Tuesday that the French intervention in Mali has cost more ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1159143/french-tough-fight-northern-mali
  3. News - World - MALI

    France bombs Islamist hideout as Mali insurgency deepens

    Posted Feb 12th 2013, 12:08pm by Agence France-Presse in Gao

    ... Agence France-Presse in Gao France has bombed an Islamist rebel hideout in northern Mali’s largest city, intensifying a security lock-down against guerilla attacks as the French-led ... but damage here.” During the 10 months the extremists occupied northern Mali, Mujao used the police station as the headquarters of its “Islamic police”, enforcing a strict form of sharia ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1148598/france-bombs-islamist-hideout-mali-insurgency-deepens
  4. News - World - MALI: ANALYSIS

    France's Mali intervention crucial to prevent rise of jihadist state

    Posted Jan 14th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... riskiest battlefields deep in the desert of Mali. President Francois Hollande's backing of air strikes to halt Islamist rebels advancing on the capital Bamako raises the threat level for eight ... the rebels' offensive, otherwise the whole of Mali will fall into their hands- creating a threat for Africa and even for Europe," his foreign minister Laurent Fabius said. Now that France ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1127370/frances-mali-intervention-crucial-prevent-rise-jihadist-state
  5. News - World - MALI

    Islamist rebels in Mali vow to strike at 'heart of France'

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bamako France faces war in Mali, say rebels Islamist forces seized control of a town in a fresh attack in Mali's government-held south yesterday and vowed ... "retreated" in the east of Mali, French forces were facing a "difficult" situation in the west where rebels were well armed. French warplanes also attacked rebel stockpiles of munitions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1128079/islamist-rebels-mali-vow-strike-heart-france
  6. News - World - MALI

    Call for global support in Mali's anti-terror fight

    Posted Jan 20th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Abidjan Call for global support in Mali's anti-terror fight West African leaders yesterday urged greater global involvement in Mali as they met to speed up ... very, very rapidly, otherwise there would have been no more Mali," he said on arrival in Abidjan. "But it is well understood that it is the Africans who must pick up the baton." ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1131786/call-global-support-malis-anti-terror-fight
  7. News - World - FRANCE

    France launches probe into suspects linked to African jihad network

    Posted Feb 10th 2013, 01:13pm by Associated Press in Paris

    ... Associated Press in Paris Preliminary charges have been filed against four men detained last week in Paris and suspected of links with a budding network of jihadists for Mali. A judicial ... freed but must report regularly to authorities. The official wasn’t authorised to speak publicly and asked not to be identified. France is fighting a military campaign in Mali aimed at routing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1147355/france-launches-probe-suspects-linked-african-jihad-network
  8. News - World - MALI

    France to leave Mali from March

    Posted Feb 06th 2013, 02:42pm by Agence France-Prsse in Gao, Mali

    ... Agence France-Prsse in Gao, Mali French-led forces have killed hundreds of militants in fighting to reclaim northern Mali and with the rebels’ last bastion secured, France said on Tuesday ... operation. Mali said 11 of its troops were killed and 60 wounded after the battle at Konna last month but has not since released a new death toll. The Malian army took “some prisoners, not many, who ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1144505/france-leave-mali-march
  9. News - World - MALI

    Hollande says Mali terrorism forced back but 'not defeated yet'

    Posted Feb 03rd 2013, 12:15pm by Agence France-Presse in Bamako

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bamako President Francois Hollande received a rapturous welcome in Mali on Saturday as he promised that France would stay as long as necessary to continue the fight ... defeated yet,” said Hollande, whose decision to intervene in Mali three weeks ago won him accolades in the former French colony. “France will stay by your side as long as necessary, as long ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1142417/hollande-says-mali-terrorism-forced-back-not-defeated-yet
  10. News - World - MALI

    UN-backed France sends more troops to Mali

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agencies in Bamako UN-backed France sends more troops France is planning to deploy a total of 2,500 ground troops to Mali, more than three times the number sent so far to its former ... in the campaign against Islamist groups in northern Mali than previously indicated. "There will be a gradual build-up to a figure of 2,500," a source close to Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1128798/un-backed-france-sends-more-troops-mali

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