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French President Hollande: Domestic Security Will Be Increased As France Intervenes in Mali

January 14, 2013

“”Francois Hollande, the president of France, has said his country will step up home security as it presses ahead with air strikes in the West African state of Mali to force al-Qaeda-linked groups out of areas they occupy in the north.”

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French Fighter Jets Bomb Mali, Targeting Islamic Rebel Strongholds in Northern Mali, Killing Over 100 People

January 14, 2013

“Fearful that rebels in Mali could pose a threat to France itself, French soldiers launched a military operation in Mali, bombing rebel forces and joining with the Malian army to kill more than 100 rebels.”

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Niger Deploying 500 Troops to Assist the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Mali

January 13, 2013

“Niger will send 500 soldiers to join an international military campaign in Mali led by West African regional bloc ECOWAS to quash advances by Islamist rebels, Foreign Minister Mohamed Bazoum told Reuters on Saturday.”

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Great Britain Formally Announces Deployment to Assist French Military Operations in Mali

January 12, 2013

“Downing Street said two transport planes would be dispatched, but British troops would not join the French military mission.”

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France President Hollande Confirms French Military Support for Mali to Fight Terrorism

January 12, 2013

“The Malian president declared a state of emergency on Friday, and French Foreign minister Laurent Fabius said France’s military had already carried out air strikes.”

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France Defense Minister: African-led Military Intervention in Mali will occur in the First Six Months of 2013

December 24, 2012

“The remarks came four days after the United Nations Security Council approved foreign military intervention in Mali to help its government in the battle against militants controlling the northern part of the West African country.”

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Islamists Destroying Mausoleums in Northern Mali, Implementing Strict Islamic Sharia Law

December 24, 2012

“The vandalism of the Muslim saints’ tombs in the UNESCO World Heritage site came a day after other Islamists in the northern city of Gao announced they had amputated two people’s hands.”

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United Nations Security Council Authorizes Military Intervention in Mali

December 20, 2012

“A resolution adopted unanimously by the U.N.’s most powerful body stressed that there must be a two-track plan, political and military, to reunify the country, which has been in turmoil since a coup in March.”

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European Union Announces Support of the Plans to Deploy Troops to Mali by the African Union and ECOWAS

December 12, 2012

“The Union is pledging to provide funds from the European Development Fund as well as provide training for Malian Military.”

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Report: United States Preparing to Provide Military Assistance in Mali in 2013

December 8, 2012

“United States officials with knowledge of the matter tell the Washington Post that the Department of Defense and the US State Department will assist next year in a mission to overthrow Islamic extremists with ties to al-Qaeda who took under control a significant part of Mali.”

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West African Nations Block (ECOWAS) Agrees to Deploy 3,300 Soldiers to Mali

November 13, 2012

“At a summit of Ecowas, the group’s chairman said it was ready to use force to “dismantle terrorist and transnational criminal networks”.”

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United Nations Security Council Gives Western African Countries 45 Days to Plan a Military Intervention in Mali

October 13, 2012

“The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution that gives regional leaders 45 days to provide specific plans for an international military intervention to oust rebels in northern Mali.”

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Mediator in the regional efforts to end unrest in Mali tells rebels to cut ties with “terrorist movements” like al-Qaeda

August 8, 2012

“Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Djibril Bassole, the bloc’s mediator, met the leaders of MUJWA in the town of Gao and the leaders of Ansar Dine, which has links to al Qaeda, in Kidal.”

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Unmarried Couple stoned to death in northern Mali

July 31, 2012

“It is the first reported sharia killing since Islamists have occupied the area following a power struggle with Tuareg rebels.”

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Mali’s Interim President outlines plans for a peaceful post-coup political transition

July 31, 2012

“According to Traore, the president, prime minister and other government ministers would not be eligible to run for office in the next elections.”

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