West Africa

France President Hollande: Responsibility to Restore “Integrity” of Northern Mali will be left up to African Forces

January 28, 2013

“At a news conference in Paris, Hollande said “we are in the process of winning the battle” but acknowledged the harder part was still to come and that it would largely be a task for Malian and African forces.”

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U.S. Increases Involvement in Mali by Conducting Aerial Refueling Missions

January 28, 2013

“U.S. policy prohibits direct military aid to Mali because the fledgling government is the result of a coup. No support can go to the Malian military directly until leaders are chosen through an election.”

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French and Mali Forces Continue Fighting Towards the Center of Timbuktu

January 28, 2013

“The Islamists were reported to be fleeing Timbuktu to the city of Kidal, more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) to the northeast.”

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International Monetary Fund Approves $18.4 Million Loan to Mali

January 28, 2013

“The IMF first announced in November that it had agreed on a loan with Mali, subject to board approval.”

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Retreating Islamist Rebels Burn Library of Historic Manuscripts in Timbuktu, Mali

January 28, 2013

“Islamist insurgents retreating from Timbuktu set fire to a library containing thousands of priceless historic manuscripts, according to the Saharan town’s mayor, in an incident he described as a “devastating blow” to world heritage.”

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Report: French Air Strikes in Mali Kill Civilians in Gao

January 28, 2013

“French warplanes and helicopters have attacked the northern Malian city of Gao. French fighter jets have bombed areas in and around the town 30 times over the past 36 hours.”

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Mali Military Forces, With French Support, Capture Timbuktu Airport

January 27, 2013

“A reconnaissance team has already reached the edge of Timbuktu, a senior Malian officer said, adding that French and Malian soldiers were approaching the city “without meeting any resistance”.”

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French and Mali Troops Restore Government Control in Timbuktu

January 27, 2013

“A Malian military source said the combined forces reached “the gates of Timbuktu” late on Saturday night without meeting resistance from the insurgents.”

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Analysis: French Troops Face Complicated Terrain, Battle Conditions in Mali

January 24, 2013

“Even as they bombard Islamist targets, the French troops are facing a military landscape that is far more complicated than it appeared at the outset, raising questions about France’s long-term goals.”

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Mali Army Probes Accusations That Soldiers Have Executed Arabs and Ethnic Tuaregs in Northern Mali

January 24, 2013

“The Malian army initially rejected the allegations of soldiers summarily killing people as “completely false”.”

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Mali Organizations Islamic Movement for Azawad and Ansar Dine Split

January 24, 2013

“Islamic Movement for Azawad said it was splitting from Ansar Dine, and “rejects all forms of extremism and terrorism”.”

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France Orders Special Forces to Protect Uranium in Niger

January 24, 2013

“France has ordered special forces to protect uranium sites run by state-owned Areva in Niger as the threat of attacks on its interests rises after its intervention against rebels in Mali, a military source said on Thursday.”

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and African Leaders Announce Full Support for Military Intervention in Mali

January 24, 2013

“Voicing U.S. backing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the internationally-backed intervention in Mali as a response to “a very serious, ongoing threat” posed by the regional affiliate of al Qaeda and its local allies.”

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Russia: Mali Rebels Are The Same Militants That Western Countries Armed in Libya

January 24, 2013

“An Islamist alliance of al Qaeda’s North African wing AQIM and home-grown Malian groups captured northern Mali last year, armed with weapons seized from Libya after the fall of Gaddafi.”

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Boko Haram Militants Kill 5 “Anti-Islamic Gamblers” Playing a Board Game in Kano, Nigeria

January 23, 2013

“Witnesses said a separate attack took place on Tuesday in the north’s biggest city of Kano, some 500km west of Damboa, when suspected Boko Haram members shot dead five people playing an outdoor board game.”

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