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Mali Islamists

Joshua Hersh

Mali's Top Islamic Leader Pushes Conservative Values | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.22.2013 | World

BAMAKO, Mali -- When radical Islamists surged across northern Mali last year, temporarily seizing control of major cities and imposing a harsh form of...

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...

The Terror Diaspora

Nick Turse | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Nick Turse

Ten years after Washington began pouring taxpayer dollars into counterterrorism and stability efforts across Africa, the continent has experienced profound changes, just not those the U.S. sought.

France To Stay In Mali Until At Least July

AP | JAMEY KEATEN | Posted 04.30.2013 | World

PARIS — French troops will stay in the West African country of Mali at least until July, amid tougher-than-expected resistance from Islamic figh...

What Mali Tells Us About Ideology and al-Qaeda

Peter Henne | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Peter Henne

What does this mean for us? Well, it's both good and bad. It's good because the extreme ideology of the group likely contributed to its downfall in Mali. It's bad because calls for pragmatism -- which would moderate its more severe violence -- may fall short.

Fleeing Islamic Rebels Attack Malian Army

AP | BABA AHMED | Posted 02.22.2013 | World

BAMAKO, Mali -- Jihadist fighters fired two rockets at military points in Mali's northern city of Gao on Thursday after the military pushed fighters o...

French, Malian Troops Retake Key City From Islamists

AP | KRISTA LARSON | Posted 04.13.2013 | World

GAO, Mali — Malian soldiers scoured the city of Gao on Monday for remnants of the radical Islamic fighters who invaded the town and engaged in a...

Mali Islamists Attack Troops In French-Held City

AP | KRISTA LARSON | Posted 04.12.2013 | World

GAO, Mali — Black-robed Islamic extremists armed with AK-47 automatic rifles invaded Gao in wooden boats Sunday to launch a surprise attack on t...

For Malian Amputee, Islamists' Legacy Lingers On

AP | KRISTA LARSON | Posted 02.05.2013 | World

GAO, Mali -- The Islamic extremists in Mali came to Issa Alzouma's cell and brought him out to the public square they had renamed Place de Shariah. Th...

WATCH: Tanks Or Talks In Mali?

Posted 02.04.2013 | World

The U.S., E.U. and Japan are giving millions to fund weapons, troops and air strikes in Mali. France launched a military intervention to help the Mali...

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...

Malian Troops Advance Towards Islamist Stronghold

AP | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI and BABA AHMED | Posted 03.27.2013 | World

SEVARE, Mali — Islamic extremists based in the Malian town of Ansongo have destroyed a bridge near the Niger border, officials said on Friday, m...

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...

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...

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 | 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...

Mali: Low-Hanging Fruit for France

Morgan Lorraine Roach | Posted 03.18.2013 | World
Morgan Lorraine Roach

Halting the advance of Islamist militants in Mali is not the same has defeating them. Now that France has committed itself to the crisis, Hollande will need to better define France's mission in Mali and outline how long French forces will remain there.

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 ...

Tens Of Thousands Flee Fighting In Mali

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2013 | World

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of civilians are fleeing the latest outbreak of fighting in ...

French Troops Drive Back Islamists In Mali

AP | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI and BABA AHMED | Posted 03.14.2013 | World

BAMAKO, Mali — The battle to retake Mali's north from the al-Qaida-linked groups controlling it began in earnest Saturday, after hundreds of Fre...

Mali Declares State Of Emergency

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2013 | World

BAMAKO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Mali's interim President Dioncounda Traore declared a state of emergency on Friday as government forces battled to hold b...

Radical Islamists Execute Man In Public

Posted 10.03.2012 | World

By BABA AHMED, The Associated Press BAMAKO, Mali -- Radical Islamists in northern Mali executed a man on Tuesday evening who had been accused of killi...

Radical Islamist Fighters Hack Off Thief's Hand

AP | Posted 09.17.2012 | World

BAMAKO, Mali -- A spokesman for one of the radical Islamist groups controlling northern Mali says their fighters have cut off a thief's hand in the fo...

Malian Thief Describes Horrific Amputation

Posted 09.13.2012 | World

By BABA AHMED and RUKMINI CALLIMACHI, The Associated Press BAMAKO, Mali -- Speaking from his hospital bed, a young man whose hand and foot were am...