West Africa

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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World Leaders at Brussels Conference Discuss Mali Intervention

February 5, 2013

“They will also discuss the security and humanitarian situation in the wake of last year’s coup and the current offensive against Islamist militants.”

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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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Mali Tuaregs Capture 2 Senior Islamist Rebel Leaders Fleeing Towards the Algerian Border

February 5, 2013

“Pro-autonomy Tuareg MNLA rebels said one of their patrols seized Mohamed Moussa Ag Mohamed, an Islamist leader who imposed harsh sharia law in the desert town of Timbuktu, and Oumeini Ould Baba Akhmed, thought to be responsible for the kidnapping of a French hostage by al Qaeda splinter group MUJWA.”

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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 and France Agree on Need for a United Nations Mission in Mali

February 4, 2013

“He said the US “stands with France and other partners in Mali” and “provides intelligence support, transportation for the French and African troops and refueling capability for French aircraft,” there.”

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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-Owned Oil Tanker Likely Hijacked Near the Ivory Coast

February 4, 2013

“A French-owned oil tanker missing off Ivory Coast with 17 sailors on board likely has been hijacked, an official with an international piracy watchdog said Monday, in what may be the latest attack by criminal gangs targeting the ships to steal their valuable cargo.”

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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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Analysis: Terrorist Group al-Qaeda Shifting to Syria, Iraq, Algeria, and Mali

February 4, 2013

“U.S. officials said the terrorist network’s core in Pakistan and its ability to carry out large-scale attacks in the United States have been all but demolished, leading to a shift in focus to emerging threats elsewhere.”

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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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