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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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France President Hollande Visits Mali

February 2, 2013

“François Hollande has arrived in Timbuktu to meet local elders days after French forces liberated the Saharan city from fundamentalist Muslim rebels.”

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Malian Government Forces Alongside Troops From Niger Retake Control of Ansongo, Mali

January 30, 2013

“Hundreds of people spilled onto Ansongo’s streets, which had been under Islamist militant control, to cheer Malian and Nigerien troops as they entered the town.”

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Human Rights Watch: Mali Government Forces Accused of Killing Civilians With Suspected Ties to Islamist Militants

January 29, 2013

“”We urge the Malian authorities, as well as the French and (West African) soldiers/authorities to do their utmost to ensure the protection of all civilians,” the New York-based group said in a statement.”

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Report: Canadian-Trained Special Paratroopers in Mali Tortured and Killed by Mali Government Forces

January 29, 2013

“The fate of the Canadian-trained soldiers illustrates the muddied political situation in Mali, whose government is still dominated by those involved in the coup and whose military supported the coup leaders.”

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Unconfirmed Report: French-Allied Tuareg Fighters in Northern Mali Claim to Have Captured Strategic Town of Kidal

January 29, 2013

“However, it said it would refuse to allow Malian soldiers in Kidal, and the other towns under its control in northeastern Mali, following allegations that the troops killed civilians suspected of having links to the Islamists.”

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Mali Interim President Dioncounda Traore Hopes to Hold National Elections by July 31st

January 29, 2013

“Traore, the acting head of state, said he was determined “to organize as soon as possible…or before July 31, 2013, clean elections that are transparent and credible.”"

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40 British Troops Deployed to Mali in a Training Role

January 29, 2013

“Up to 350 UK troops are to be deployed in total to Africa, all in non-combat roles, Sky News understands. This is part of a UN-led mission. The UK has already sent two C-17 transport aircraft to help ferry troops and equipment around.”

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Confirmed: French and Malian Forces Retake Full Control of Timbuktu

January 29, 2013

“French and Malian troops retook control of Timbuktu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on Monday after Islamist rebel occupiers fled the ancient Sahara trading town and torched several buildings, including a library holding priceless manuscripts.”

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France President Hollande: French Troops May Stop Northward Advancement in Mali

January 29, 2013

“Mr. Hollande said that the difficult task of flushing militants from the vast empty stretches of Mali’s arid northern countryside was the job of African troops.”

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United Kingdom Set to Announce Agreement to Deploy Military Trainers to Mali on Tuesday

January 28, 2013

“Any further assistance is likely to be in the areas of logistics, surveillance, intelligence and transport, on top of the training already being discussed.”

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