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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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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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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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Vice President Biden Meets With French President Hollande in Paris to Discuss Mali

February 5, 2013

“US Vice-President Joe Biden, speaking alongside French President Francois Hollande on Monday, said they had agreed African troops should take over “as quickly as reasonably possible”.”

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United Nations: 2 Civilians in Northeastern Mali Killed by Land Mine or IED Explosion

February 5, 2013

“There are signs that the Islamic rebels are beginning a guerrilla-type of conflict from their desert retreats as land mine explosions have killed four Malian soldiers and two civilians throughout the northern region in recent days.”

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French Forces in Mali Plan to Hand Over Control of Timbuktu to Malians This Week

February 5, 2013

“French soldiers took the city last week after Islamic extremists withdrew. Now the French military said it intends to move out of Timbuktu in order to push farther northeast to the strategic city of Gao.”

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Vice President Biden: United States Supports French Military Action in Mali

February 4, 2013

“Speaking alongside French President Francois Hollande, who visited Mali at the weekend, Mr Biden said they had agreed that African troops should take over from French forces “as quickly as reasonably possible”, before the UN assumes overall command.”

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French Warplanes Bomb Northern Mali Around Tessalit and Kidal

February 4, 2013

“French warplanes have carried out air strikes in Mali’s far north as they try to secure the final rebel stronghold of Kidal after a three-week offensive.”

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49th Munich Conference Focuses on Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Mali

February 2, 2013

“Vice President Joe Biden will meet separately on Saturday with Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib, UN Special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov at the Munich Security Conference as all sides strive for a resolution to the 22-month conflict.”

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