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Mali Intervention

French Forces Take Control Of Key Mali Town

AP | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI and BABA AHMED | Posted 03.23.2013 | World

DIABALY, Mali — French troops in armored personnel carriers rolled through the streets of Diabaly on Monday, winning praise from residents of th...

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...

Human Rights Watch: Malian Army Killing Civilians

Reuters | Posted 03.21.2013 | World

DAKAR, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch said on Saturday it had received credible reports of serious abuses, including killings, being committe...

France: Africans Need To Take The Lead In Mali

AP | BABA AHMED | Posted 03.21.2013 | World

BAMAKO, Mali — Radical Islamists have fled a key Malian town on foot following French airstrikes that began after they seized Diabaly nearly one...

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.

MALI CRISIS: Aid Groups Can't Reach Key Town

AP | BABA AHMED and KRISTA LARSON | Posted 03.20.2013 | World

BAMAKO, Mali — French troops encircled a key Malian town on Friday to stop radical Islamists from striking closer to the capital, a French offic...

David Wood

In Algeria And Mali, Al Qaeda-Tied Terrorists Pose Challenge For U.S. Forces

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

EU To Send Military Training Mission To Mali

AP | DON MELVIN and SARAH DiLORENZO | Posted 03.19.2013 | World

BRUSSELS — European officials had a message Thursday for French forces fighting on the front lines of the battle against Islamist extremists in ...

'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...

Air Strikes Kill 35 Hostages, 15 Militants, Reports Say

Posted 01.17.2013 | World

The Associated Press reports that 35 hostages and 15 of their captors have been killed during an air raid by the Algerian military. Reuters re...

15 Hostages Escape, 40 Others Freed In Algeria

Reuters | Posted 03.19.2013 | World

By Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Some hostages were reported to have escaped from a remote Algerian gas plant on Thursday,...

Chad Sends Backup Troops To Mali

AP | Posted 01.16.2013 | World

N'DJAMENA, Chad -- The north-central African nation of Chad is sending troops to help Mali battle radical Islamist insurgents who control a vast swath...

7 Americans Held Hostage By Al Qaeda-Linked Militants

The Huffington Post | Kavitha A. Davidson | Posted 01.17.2013 | World

Islamist militants attacked a gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, killing three and taking dozens hostage. Reuters reports that seven Americans are ...

France To Launch Ground Assault In Mali Within Hours

AP | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI and BABA AHMED | Posted 03.18.2013 | World

BAMAKO, Mali — French soldiers pressed north in Mali territory occupied by radical Islamists on Wednesday, launching a land assault that was to ...

Panetta: No U.S. Troops In Mali

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 03.17.2013 | World

MADRID, Spain — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday that the U.S. has ruled out putting any American troops on the ground in Mali, but o...

France Leads All-Night Bombing Campaign In Mali

AP | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI and BABA AHMED | Posted 03.17.2013 | World

BAMAKO, Mali — After a punishing bombing campaign failed to halt the advance of al-Qaida-linked fighters, France pledged Tuesday to triple the s...

Everything You Need To Know About Mali

AP | KRISTA LARSON | Posted 01.14.2013 | World

By KRISTA LARSON -- The Associated Press Here's a close look at the West African nation of Mali, where French forces launched a military operation ...

U.S. Sharing Mali Information With French Forces

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2013 | World

By David Alexander ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The United States is sharing information with French forces bat...

Mali's Mosaic Of Armed Groups

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2013 | World

Jan 14 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels launched a counter-offensive on Monday in central Mali after four days of air strikes by French w...

French Widen Bombing Campaign In Mali

AP | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI AND BABA AHMED | Posted 03.16.2013 | World

BAMAKO, Mali — Despite a punishing bombardment by French warplanes, al-Qaida-linked insurgents grabbed more territory in Mali on Monday, seizing...

Intervention in Mali: Another Free Ride for China?

Barry Lando | Posted 03.15.2013 | World
Barry Lando

The risks of France's vague, open-ended venture -- which the U.S. has already indicated it will support -- are already being debated. What I find particularly ironic is that the country that has probably most to gain from the intervention is China.

French Planes Bomb Mali District Capital Of Gao

AP | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI and BABA AHMED | Posted 03.15.2013 | World

BAMAKO, Mali — French fighter jets bombed rebel targets in a major city in Mali's north Sunday, pounding the airport as well as training camps, ...