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Joshua Hersh

Timbuktu Suicide Bombing Raises Fears Of Renewed Violence In Mali | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.30.2013 | World

BAMAKO, Mali -- A spate of violence in Mali's restive north has triggered new fears that Islamist rebels, weakened during a French military interventi...

Of Bread and Games, the War and Mali

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.19.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

This operation, efficiently carried out, one confronting a multitude of dangers, is all the war in Iraq was not. This lightning war, conducted and won with the support of Malian troops, without one sensing even the possibility of the threat of a quagmire, is the opposite of the war in Afghanistan.

Geoffroy Clavel

Ten Years After Iraq, France Not Afraid Of War | Geoffroy Clavel | Posted 03.19.2013 | World

PARIS -- Ten years after the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 20, 2003, which succeeded in ousting the dictator Saddam Hussein but plunged B...

Malian Army Arrests Two Men With Explosives

AP | KRISTA LARSON and BABA AHMED | Posted 04.11.2013 | World

GAO, Mali — Malian soldiers are fighting jihadists in their desert hideouts just outside Gao, the country's defense minister said Saturday, a da...

Mali Suicide Bomber Tied To Algerian Terror Leader, Locals Say

AP | KRISTA LARSON and BABA AHMED | Posted 04.10.2013 | World

GAO, Mali — A young militant who locals say had ties with terror leader Moktar Belmoktar blew himself up Friday near a military checkpoint on th...

Did France's Ransom To Free Mali Hostages End Up In Al Qaeda's Hands?

AP | LORI HINNANT | Posted 04.10.2013 | World

PARIS -- A former U.S. ambassador to Mali has alleged that France paid a $17 million ransom to free hostages seized from a French mining site – ...

French Withdrawal From Mali Set For Late March

AP | Posted 02.06.2013 | World

PARIS -- President Francois Hollande says France may start pulling out its troops from a military intervention in Mali against Islamist extremists at ...

French, Chadian Troops Head For Strategic City In Northern Mali

AP | ANGELA CHARLTON and BABA AHMED | Posted 04.07.2013 | World

TIMBUKTU, Mali — French troops may start pulling out of their anti-extremist operation in Mali as early as next month, handing over to a still-d...

Hours After Hollande Visit, France Launches New Mali Air Strikes

AP | KRISTA LARSON and THOMAS ADAMSON | Posted 04.05.2013 | World

GOSSI, Mali — French troops launched airstrikes on Islamic militant training camps and arms depots around Kidal and Tessalit in Mali's far north...

Liberation Brings New Hopes, Fears To Mali

AP | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI | Posted 04.02.2013 | World

TIMBUKTU, Mali — A leaflet listing the regulations for women under Islamist rule now lies in dirt here at the tribunal in Timbuktu. Rule No. 1: ...

Vive La France!

Michael Brenner | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
Michael Brenner

Here are a few suggestions as to what insights we should garner from the Mali affair and the perspective that it offers us on the campaign to cleanse the world of violent jihadis hostile to the West.

French And Malian Forces Head Toward Timbuktu

AP | KRISTA LARSON | Posted 03.29.2013 | World

SEVARE, Mali — French and Malian forces pushed toward the fabled desert town of Timbuktu on Sunday, as the two-week-long French mission gathered...

French Forces Seize Airport In Mali

AP | KRISTA LARSON and RUKMINI CALLIMACHI | Posted 03.28.2013 | World

KONNA, Mali — French and Malian troops regained control of the airport and bridge of the crucial, northern city of Gao on Saturday, marking thei...

French in Mali

Jeff Danziger | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


U.S. Planes Arrive In Mali

AP | KRISTA LARSON and BABA AHMED | Posted 03.24.2013 | World

SEGOU, Mali — American planes transported French troops and equipment to Mali, a U.S. military spokesman said Tuesday, as Malian and French forc...

In Mali, Time to Defeat Poverty, the Terrorists' Long Term Ally

David Gosset | Posted 03.24.2013 | World
David Gosset

The French military action to counter extremism did not affect the cohesion of the UN Security Council, now it is time for a unified community of nations to battle economic exclusion, the long term ally of terrorism.

LOOK: Photo Of French Soldier Sparks MASSIVE Controversy

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 01.23.2013 | World

The image has been shared countless times on Twitter and even drew a response from high up in the French army. On Jan. 20, photographer Issouf San...

Islamist Rebels Gone From Malian Stronghold

AP | KRISTA LARSON and BABA AHMED | Posted 03.24.2013 | World

SEGOU, Mali -- Malian and French forces pushed into Islamist-held northern Mali, taking control of a town that the armed extremists abandoned after ru...

Mali: The Wind, the Sand and the Stars

Michael Brenner | Posted 03.23.2013 | World
Michael Brenner

It is becoming increasingly clear that the United States has allowed its infatuation with unconventional warfare conducted by Special Forces, and unconventional technology as exemplified by drones, to drive assessment of what we need to do and what we should do.

Islamists Forced To Flee Town After French Airstrikes

AP | KRISTA LARSON and BABA AHMED | Posted 03.22.2013 | World

BAMAKO, Mali — Backed by French air strikes, Malian forces appeared close to recapturing a key central town in Mali where bands of al-Qaida-link...

Mr. Hollande Goes to Mali

Rajan Menon | Posted 03.20.2013 | World
Rajan Menon

Here's an irony. The NATO air campaign that helped overthrow Gaddafi, and that French President Nicolas Sarkozy couldn't wait to launch, has presented Sarkozy's successor, Francois Hollande, with a big problem in Mali. It has also placed France in what could prove a dicey predicament.

France in Mali, Chasing Roadrunner Over the Abyss?

Barry Lando | Posted 03.20.2013 | World
Barry Lando

President Hollande said the menace of a radical Islamic takeover was so imminent that he had no choice but to intervene to save Mali. But despite the supposed urgency of the situation, France has had precious little luck in convincing its European partners to contribute their own troops.

David Wood

In Algeria And Mali, Al Qaeda-Tied Terrorists Pose Challenge For U.S. Forces | David Wood | Posted 01.21.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- Sharpened by combat over more than a decade of intense counter-terrorist operations across Afghanistan and Iraq, U.S. special operations...

'As Usual' (How Europe Will Not Be in Timbuktu)

Jean-Luc Marret | Posted 03.19.2013 | World
Jean-Luc Marret

The European defense is a never ending and frustrating story. France is acting almost alone in the current military operation in Mali, after receiving unanimous, but very rhetorical, support from Europe.

France Hits Islamist Strongholds In Mali

AP | Posted 03.19.2013 | World

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI AND BABA AHMED, The Associated Press BAMAKO, Mali -- Fighting erupted between Islamists and Malian soldiers in the city whose...