West Africa

Nigerian Ansaru Militants Kill 7 Foreign Hostages From Italy, Britain, Greece, and Lebanon

March 10, 2013

“In an online statement posted on Saturday, the militant group Ansaru said it had killed the captives. Ansaru is suspected of being an offshoot of the Boko Haram network.”

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French Investigative Judge: Mali Military Intervention Raises Threat of Domestic Terrorism in France

February 24, 2013

“The concerns of the French authorities were once largely limited to residents of North African Arab ancestry, like Algerians and Tunisians, but attention has broadened to include those French with roots in Mali, Senegal, Nigeria and Niger, the judge, Marc Trévidic, said in an interview.”

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United States Deploys Military Personnel and Drones to Niger

February 22, 2013

“Defense Department officials told NBC News that a first wave will include two Raptor surveillance drones and 250 to 300 military personnel, including remote pilots and security and maintenance crews. They are expected to arrive soon.”

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Secret al-Qaeda List of 22 “Tips” for Avoiding Drone Strikes Discovered in Timbuktu, Mali

February 21, 2013

“The document also shows the coordination between al-Qaeda chapters, which security experts have called a source of increasing concern.”

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Head of Guinea’s Military Killed in a Plane Crash in Liberia

February 11, 2013

“General Souleymane Kelefa Diallo, who was on a security mission to Liberia, was appointed by Conde after the latter won elections in 2010 in the world’s top bauxite producer.”

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Nigeria Arrests 3 Journalists For Inciting Violence By Calling Polio Vaccinations an Anti-Islam Western Conspiracy

February 11, 2013

“Polio crippled thousands of people every year in rich nations until the 1950s. As a result of vaccination, it is now only endemic in three countries – Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

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Nigeria Opposition Parties Merge in an Effort to Unseat the Ruling Party and President Goodluck Jonathan

February 8, 2013

“The People’s Democratic Party has won every presidential election since a return to civilian rule 14 years ago. It controls around two-thirds of the states and has a healthy majority in both houses of the national assembly.”

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French Troops Still Attempting to Secure Northern Town of Gao in Mali

February 7, 2013

“French troops are now searcing out al-Qaeda-linked rebels who may be mixing among the population of the town, after new clashes raised questions about the military’s hold over the north.”

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Weapons and Explosives Abandoned by Islamist Rebels Discovered in Gao, Mali

February 7, 2013

“Soldiers combing abandoned jihadist hideouts and sand-dusted streets for weapons have found industrial-strength explosives, raising the specter Wednesday of bomb attacks by the jihadists who fled into the desert after the arrival of French forces.”

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France Asks United Nations Security Council to Consider a Peacekeeping Force in Mali

February 7, 2013

“France’s U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud told reporters that he started discussions on the issue during closed council consultations on Mali, but insisted that a U.N. force would deploy only when security conditions permit.”

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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius: France Will Focus Military Operations in Northern Mali

February 6, 2013

“France plans to begin pulling troops out of Mali from March and will focus its operations on flushing out Islamist rebels in the north of the country, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday.”

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France: Hundreds of al-Qaeda-Linked Militants Killed in Mali Since Beginning of Military Intervention

February 6, 2013

“France’s sole fatality so far has been a helicopter pilot who was killed at the start of the military operation.”

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France President Hollande: French Troops Expected to Begin Withdrawing From Mali in Late March

February 6, 2013

“President Francois Hollande says France may start pulling out its troops from a military intervention in Mali against Islamist extremists at the end of March.”

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Tuareg Rebels Gain Control of the Town of Menaka From Islamist Rebels in Mali

February 5, 2013

“Ag Assaleh said the MNLA entered Menaka because there were rebels from al Qaeda’s north African wing AQIM, as well as its splinter group MUJWA and Ansar Dine, operating nearby after being driven from the region’s main towns, Timbuktu and Gao.”

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World Leaders at Brussels Conference Discuss Mali Intervention

February 5, 2013

“They will also discuss the security and humanitarian situation in the wake of last year’s coup and the current offensive against Islamist militants.”

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