Along with UN peacekeepers, there are thousands of French soldiers fighting Islamists in Africa — and now tensions are emerging with the local population.
Mali’s capital Bamako used to be considered safe, but a recent wave of attacks has led to a redoubling of counter-terrorism efforts in the country's south.
A French general said 20 elite soldiers were involved in the operation Monday to free a Dutch citizen kidnapped in 2011 by al Qaeda-affiliated militants.
One Red Cross worker was killed and another injured when gunmen opened fire on a vehicle that was delivering supplies to a hospital in northern Mali.
France’s defense minister has announced more troops to combat Islamist insurgents in Africa's Sahel and a continued military presence on French soil, in the wake of January's terror attacks.
The Nigerian militant group struck the Niger border town of Bosso days before Niger’s parliament is set to vote on whether to send troops into Nigeria.
A large crowd hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at UN peacekeepers in northern Mali, where a dispute over the UN's response to the Tuareg insurgency has raised tensions.
The Nampala attack is the deadliest in the country since an ambush along the road between Ansongo and Menaka in northeastern Mali killed nine UN peacekeepers in October.
The French army carried out the raid against the al-Mourabitoun militant group in Mali, killing one of Sahel’s most-wanted Islamist leaders Ahmed al-Tilemsi.
On Sunday, France's ambassador to Nigeria said that the plane had been transporting French equipment to Chad to be used in its counterterrorism operation in the region.
Military campaigns and international forces have been struggling for two years to track down and destroy roving terrorist groups and this is the tenth French soldier to be killed since France sent troops to Mali in 2013.
Nine UN peacekeepers were killed early Friday morning during a brazen ambush carried out by suspected al Qaeda-linked militants in Mali near the border with Niger.