Mali Crisis

Mali militants still a threat to West Africa, says UN chief

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: AFP

AUN force is to take over security duties from French forces who entered Mali in January to halt an Islamist advance and help the government re-establish its authority over the vast country.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 4:33pm

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

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

French and Malian soldiers stand next to cases of ammunition in Gao, northern Mali. Photo: AFP

At least three Islamists were killed in Timbuktu on Monday during a sweep by French and Malian soldiers after a deadly weekend battle in the fabled Saharan city, a military source said.

2 Apr 2013 - 1:19am

Radical Islamists launch attack on Malian city of Gao

A Malian soldier takes cover behind a truck during exchanges of fire with jihadists in Gao, northern Mali. Photo: AP

The assault indicates that the radical Islamists remain entrenched and able to attack despite the thousands of French troops who have liberated most of northern Mali’s towns from control by the extremists.

24 Mar 2013 - 12:18pm

France confirms death of al-Qaeda leader Abou Zeid

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) commander Abou Zeid. Photo: AFP

An announcement Saturday by the French president’s office that Abou Zeid’s death in late February has been “definitively confirmed” ends weeks of speculation about his fate.

24 Mar 2013 - 12:04pm

France launches probe into suspects linked to African jihad network

French soldiers patrol on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris as part of the "Vigipirate" heightened security plan. Photo: Reuters

A judicial official said Saturday that the four, aged 22 to 37, are being investigated for criminal association with a terrorist enterprise.

10 Feb 2013 - 1:13pm

Suicide bomber hits north Mali, troops clash in capital

Malian soldiers transport a dozen suspected Islamist rebels on Friday after arresting them north of Gao. Photo: AFP

In Mali’s first ever suicide bombing, an attacker drove up to a group of Malian troops in Gao, the largest town in the north, and detonated an explosive belt, wounding one soldier, said First Sergeant Mamadou Keita.

8 Feb 2013 - 9:32pm

UN hopes to have aid access to northern Mali within days

Governments and international organisations met at EU headquarters in Brussels to find ways to reinforce military gains against rebels in northern Mali. Photo: Xinhua

"We now have access back into central Mali," said David Gressly, who steers humanitarian operations in the region for the UN.

7 Feb 2013 - 4:17am

Talking points

US Vice President Joe Biden (left)

Biden and Cameron put heads together

5 Feb 2013 - 2:36am

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

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

French President Francois Hollande speaks at Independence Place in central Bamako, Mali. Photo: AP

As troops worked to secure Kidal, the last bastion of radicals who occupied the vast desert north for 10 months before the French army’s surprise intervention, Hollande told Malians it was time for Africans to take the lead but that France would not abandon them.

3 Feb 2013 - 1:36pm

Briefs, January 31, 2013

A shop in Champs-Elysees Avenue is lit up. Photo: Xinhua

French shops and office buildings will have to turn off their lights at night to save energy and reduce light pollution, the French environment ministry said. From July 1, all non-residential buildings will have to switch off interior lights one hour after the last worker leaves the premises.

31 Jan 2013 - 4:38am

Looting mars liberation as French and Malian troops secure Timbuktu

Hundreds of people scramble to give French-led troops a heroes’ welcome as they enter the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of Malians looted Arab-owned shops yesterday in Mali's fabled Timbuktu, newly freed from Islamists, as global donors pledged more than US$455 million for a French-led drive to rout the radicals from the north.

30 Jan 2013 - 6:43pm

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

Malian soldiers patrol in a street of Diabaly (400km north of the capital Bamako). Photo: AFP

The seizure of Gao, the most populated town in Mali’s northern region, was announced by the French defence ministry and confirmed by Malian security sources on Saturday.

27 Jan 2013 - 10:27am

Talking points

China gets moving ahead of holiday

China gets moving ahead of holiday

26 Jan 2013 - 5:27am