West Africa

French United Nations Mission: France Calls U.N. Security Council Meeting to Discuss Mali on Monday

January 14, 2013

“Spokesman Brieuc Pont said in a tweet posted Sunday that the council will meet Monday afternoon “to examine the situation in Mali.” French troops have intervened to oust al-Qaida-linked Islamist extremists who control northern Mali.”

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British Prime Minister David Cameron: No U.K. Troops on the Ground in Mali

January 14, 2013

“The prime minister has restated that British troops will not go onto the ground in Mali, despite the UK offering logistical support to France.”

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France Widens its Intervention in Mali, Bombing the Town of Gao in Eastern Mali

January 14, 2013

“A resident in Gao told AFP news agency all Islamist bases in the town had been destroyed and the militants had fled.”

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Mali Islamist Rebels: The War Has Only Started

January 14, 2013

“Islamist rebels in Mali acknowledged Sunday they suffered heavy losses in fights with the country’s military and French troops — but it wouldn’t stop them.”

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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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Crowd Stampede Celebrating New Year’s Kills 61 People in Ivory Coast

January 1, 2013

“The government organized the fireworks to celebrate Ivory Coast’s peace, after several months of political violence in early 2011 following disputed elections.”

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United States Planning to Deploy Troops to 35 African Countries in 2013

December 25, 2012

“Citing a growing threat from extremist groups, including those with ties to al-Qaeda, the Department of Defense is hoping to install American soldiers overseas in order to prepare local troops there for any future crises as tensions escalate.”

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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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Islamic Sect Ansaru Claims Responsibility for Kidnapping a French Civilian Engineer in Nigeria

December 24, 2012

“Known by its nickname, Ansaru, the group says the Dec. 19 kidnapping of Francis Colump, 63, was in retaliation for France’s ban on full-face veils, as well as its recent support for military action in Mali.”

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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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