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Egypt President Morsi Opposes French Intervention in Mali

January 22, 2013

“”I would like to confirm that we do not agree, ever, to military intervention in Mali because this would inflame the conflict in this region,” Mursi said.”

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U.S. Begins Transporting Military Equipment and French Troops to Mali

January 22, 2013

“French Armed Forces spokesman Thierry Burkhard said on Monday that Britain, Belgium, Canada and Denmark were already transporting French material.”

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Magazine: Leader of al-Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine in Mali Used to Have Strong Ties to the German Government

January 22, 2013

“Citing the German intelligence agency (BND), Spiegel said the Malian government had hoped it might negotiate with the Islamists through Ag Ghali, but efforts ended with the push south by rebels that led to French military intervention.”

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French Troops in Mali Take Control of Diabaly and Douentza Back from Islamist Militants

January 22, 2013

“The militants’ occupation of Diabaly marked their deepest encroachment into government-held territory, and Monday’s retaking of the town is a significant victory for the French-led intervention.”

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United Kingdom Considers Offering More Help to the French Intervention in Mali

January 22, 2013

“David Cameron has said there could be further assistance with transport and surveillance. Two military aircraft have already been loaned to the French.”

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United Nations Human Rights Council: More than 400,000 Refugees Could Flee Mali

January 21, 2013

“The United Nations believes that more than 400,000 refugees could flee to neighboring countries and that 300,000 more are likely to be displaced internally in the next few months.”

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Islamist Group Ansaru Claims Responsibility for Attack on Nigerian Troops Heading to Mali

January 20, 2013

“Suspected Islamist gunmen opened fire on a convoy of troops leaving northern Nigeria en route to deployment with West African forces in Mali, killing two officers and wounding eight others, in Kogi state, central Nigeria.”

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France and West African Leaders Seek Financial and Logistical Support for Mali Intervention

January 20, 2013

“The appeal came as African leaders met in Ivory Coast to hammer out details of a regional mission that is due to take over from French forces but is dispatching soldiers while still short of financing, planning and even ammunition.”

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French Foreign Minister: Africa Must Take the Lead in Mali

January 20, 2013

“Once the situation is more stable, France wants African troops to do most of the work to wrest the north from the Islamists, as called for under a United Nations Security Council resolution passed in December.”

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French Troops Advance Northward to Avoid an Ambush in Mali as Militants Disguise as Civilians

January 20, 2013

“The commanders of French and Malian forces, who set up their operations center in the nearby town of Niono, said their forces were moving slowly toward Diabaly after reports that Islamist fighters had abandoned their turbans and flowing robes to blend in with local residents.”

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U.S. State Department Issues Warning Against Traveling to Mali

January 19, 2013

“The State Department is telling dependents of its employees working in the U.S. Embassy in Bamako, Mali, to leave.”

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United Nations Human Rights Council: Serious Abuses Committed By Mali Islamist Militants

January 18, 2013

“…detailing serious abuses, including executions, torture and rape committed by armed groups in northern Mali. It also reported similar atrocities in areas under the control of the Malian Army.”

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French and Malian Soldiers Re-Take Control of Konna and Diabaly, Two Strategic Towns in Mali

January 18, 2013

“French and Malian troops wrested control of the strategic town of Konna, located about 700 kilometres from Bamako, and Diabaly which is 400 kilometres north of the capital of the sprawling country on Friday.”

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French Military Air Strikes in Konna, Mali to Stop the Advancement of Islamist Militants

January 18, 2013

“Fighting erupted anew Thursday in Konna between Islamists and Malian soldiers in the city whose capture by the militants first prompted French military intervention.”

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Fighting Between French Troops and Islamist Militants Continues in Diabaly, Mali

January 18, 2013

““Our troops and the French soldiers are fighting the militants and trying to push them out of Diabaly,” said a Malian colonel with direct knowledge of the operations in the desert village.”

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