‘Massive’ troop deployment in Nigeria’s restive northeast

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declares a state of emergency on state television. Photo: AFP

Nigeria’s military on Wednesday announced the “massive”deployment of troops to its restive northeast, after the president declared a state of emergency in areas where Islamist insurgents have seized territory.

Thursday, 16 May, 2013, 12:06am

Islamists expelled from Mali by French transfer violence to Libya

Diplomats are warning of growing Islamist violence against Western targets in Libya as blowback from the war in Mali, following last week's attack on the French embassy in Tripoli.

30 Apr 2013 - 2:33am

Tunisia's PM Ali Laareydh unveils Islamist-led coalition government

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki shakes hands with Prime Minister Ali Larayedh in Tunis. Photo: Reuters

Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Laareydh unveiled a new Islamist-led coalition government yesterday that he said would serve only until an election is held before the end of the year.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:56am

Bangladeshi police shot dead two in riots

Part of a huge police cordon around the opposition headquarters. Photo: AFP

The clashes came a day after the Muslim-majority nation was hit by deadly violence between police and Islamists demanding the execution of bloggers they accuse of blasphemy, which left four people dead and about 200 injured.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:58am

France bombs Islamist targets in Mali after Hollande visit

French troops patrol the streets of Gao on Sunday. Photo: AFP

France said it carried out major air strikes on Sunday near Kidal, the last bastion of armed extremists chased from Mali’s desert north after a whirlwind visit by President Francois Hollande.

4 Feb 2013 - 2:15am

Loyalists the big winners in Jordan election

Election officials empty ballot boxes in Amman. Photo: AP

Tribal leaders, pro-regime loyalists and independent businessmen swept Jordan's parliamentary election that was shunned by Islamists, according to preliminary results released yesterday.

Analysts say the new parliament will now be dominated by loyalists who will resist pressure for real political reform.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Tuareg separatists offer military help to defeat Mali's Islamists

French soldiers at a Malian army air base in Bamako. France has poured hundreds of troops into the capital to prevent its capture by Islamist forces. Photo: Reuters

Fearful of being caught in the middle of the conflict engulfing Mali, the country's Tuaregs have offered to put their renowned fighting prowess at the disposal of a French-led campaign to drive Islamic radicals out of the country.

16 Jan 2013 - 4:30am

Mali war escalates with French intervention

People gather as they take part in a sit-in on January 9, 2013 in Bamako to ask for ''immediate days of sovereign consultation'' on the transition in Mali. Photo: AFP

With Islamist militants controlling more than half of the northwest African nation of Mali and threatening the rest of government-held territory, France launched airstrikes in a dramatic escalation of the conflict that some observers have called the next Afghanistan.

12 Jan 2013 - 4:08pm

Foreign troops join in attack on Mali rebels

Protester march through Bamako, the Mali capital.

Malian government forces yesterday launched an offensive against Islamists controlling the north of the country with backing from the French and other foreign military, military and political sources said.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:57am

UN approves military action against Islamists in Mali

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved sending an African-led military force to help wrench northern Mali from Islamist militants.

A Security Council resolution on Thursday gave the force a one-year mandate to use "all necessary measures" to help Mali's government take back territory from "terrorist, extremist and armed groups".

22 Dec 2012 - 6:12am

Egyptians cast ballots in referendum on new Islamist-backed constitution

Egyptians abroad went to embassies on Wednesday to vote in a referendum on the new constitution that President Mohamed Mursi fast-tracked through an Islamist-led drafting assembly, drawing the ire of the opposition. Photo: Reuters

Egyptians began voting yesterday in a two-round referendum on a new constitution supported by the ruling Islamists but bitterly contested by a secular-leaning opposition that has waged weeks of protests.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:58am