West Africa

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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U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Travels to Liberia for a United Nations Panel on International Development

January 31, 2013

“Mr Cameron becomes the first British prime minister to visit Liberia, where he will jointly chair the High Level Panel with the country’s president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.”

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Boko Haram Gunmen Kill at Least 5 Police in 2 Separate Attacks in Northern Nigeria

January 31, 2013

“Around 60 gunmen in the Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state attacked the divisional police station and branches of Ecobank and First Bank with grenade launchers and assault rifles, killing three policemen, police said.”

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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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Commander of Nigerian Islamist Terrorist Group Boko Haram Declares Ceasefire

January 29, 2013

“Security forces in Nigeria’s volatile northeast welcomed on Tuesday a ceasefire declaration by a commander of the Islamist sect Boko Haram, but said they would not lower their guard.”

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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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Islamist Boko Haram Gunmen Kill 8 People in Nigeria

January 28, 2013

“A spokesman for joint military and police forces in Borno state, the epicenter of a campaign of violence by Islamist sect Boko Haram, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, confirmed the attack on Gajigana town but did not have any further details.”

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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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U.S. Military Preparing to Establish a Drone Base in Northwest Africa to Combat Terrorism

January 28, 2013

“For now, officials say they envision flying only unarmed surveillance drones from the base, though they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some point if the threat worsens.”

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