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  1. News - World - MALI

    France strikes new Mali town, boosts troop numbers

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 02:52pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bamako, Mali French warplanes hit a town newly-seized by Islamists in Mali as African troops on Tuesday prepared to join the offensive which has sent the jihadists ... have controlled northern Mali since April. A contingent of 750 French troops has been sent to bolster Malian forces against the well-armed rebels. Defence sources say the force will eventually ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1128585/un-backs-french-military-intervention-mali
  2. News - World - MALI

    Islamists claim victory over Tuaregs in north Mali

    Posted Nov 19th 2012, 03:14pm by Agence France-Presse in Bamako

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bamako One of the Islamist groups that seized northern Mali earlier this year was claiming victory on Sunday over Tuareg fighters who tried to dislodge them, ... Mali and Burkina Faso added. To prepare for a possible new offensive, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which is linked to MUJAO, sent about 300 reinforcements from Timbuktu, some 300 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1086093/islamists-claim-victory-over-tuaregs-north-mali
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. News - World - MALI

    More Islamist attacks feared in Mali

    Posted Feb 14th 2013, 02:27pm by Agence France-Presse in Gao

    ... Agence France-Presse in Gao Russia reveals it is supplying guns to Mali’s government, Russia revealed on Wednesday it was supplying guns to Mali’s government, as French troops defused ... extremism, kidnapping, drug trafficking and organised crime are fuelling the unrest there. Mali’s army is struggling to restore security after a French-led military intervention helped it push out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1150084/more-islamist-attacks-feared-mali
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. News - World - MALI

    Tuareg separatists offer military help to defeat Mali's Islamists

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

    ... offer military help to defeat Islamists Fearful of being caught in the middle of the conflict engulfing Mali, the country's Tuaregs have offered to put their renowned fighting prowess ... instrumental in helping groups such as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) seize control of huge swathes of northern Mali last year. A rebellion launched in January 2012 by a Tuareg separatist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1128799/tuareg-separatists-offer-military-help-defeat-malis-islamists
  10. News - World - MALI

    Macabre exhibit at Gao city hall of defeated Islamist fighters body parts

    Posted Feb 25th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... by the presence of unexploded grenades. For nine months, when Mali was effectively split in two, militiamen from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), an offshoot of the main al-Qaeda ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1157655/macabre-exhibit-gao-city-hall-defeated-islamist-fighters-body-parts

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