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France increases troop numbers in Mali and prepares for assault

After a punishing bombing campaign failed to halt the advance of al-Qaeda-linked fighters, France pledged on Tuesday to triple the size of its force in Mali, sending in hundreds more troops as it prepared for a

Wednesday, 16 January, 2013, 11:09am

Tuareg separatists offer military help to defeat Mali's 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 at the disposal of a French-led campaign to drive Islamic radicals out of the country.

16 Jan 2013 - 4:30am

UN-backed France sends more troops to Mali

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 colony, after it secured fresh UN backing for its military action.

16 Jan 2013 - 4:30am

France strikes new Mali town, boosts troop numbers

French warplanes hit a town seized by Islamists in Mali as African troops on Tuesday prepared to join the offensive which has sent jihadists fleeing from their northern strongholds.

21 Jan 2013 - 8:46pm

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

Islamist forces seized control of a town in a fresh attack in Mali's government-held south yesterday and vowed to strike "at the heart" of France as it waged a fourth day of air raids against them.

A local government official reported the jihadists had seized Diabaly, about 400 kilometres north of the capital Bamako.

15 Jan 2013 - 5:21am

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

Just as its leaders were defining a new "hands-off" strategy for Africa, France has been thrust on to the front line of one of the continent's riskiest battlefields deep in the desert of Mali.

14 Jan 2013 - 6:37am

France tightens security after Mali, Somalia action

France has ordered tightened security in public buildings and transport following action against radical Islamists both in Mali and Somalia, President Francois Hollande said on Saturday.

Hollande said France “has to take all necessary precautions” in the face of a terrorist threat, including “surveillance of our public buildings and our transport network”.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Mali war escalates with French intervention

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

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

Briefs, January 5, 2013

Two ghost gum trees painted many times by famed Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira were burnt down just as they were being considered for inclusion on a heritage register. Northern Territory Minister for Indigenous Advancement Alison Anderson said police believe arsonists set ablaze the trees, 16 kilometres from Alice Springs. 

5 Jan 2013 - 6:25am