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africa

Locals In Northern Mali Join Islamist Militants In Hating On French, UN Troops

Along with UN peacekeepers, there are thousands of French soldiers fighting Islamists in Africa — and now tensions are emerging with the local population.
Pierre Longeray
4.22.16
africa

Police in Mali Nab 20 Suspected Islamist Militants on Bus Bound for Capital

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.
Pierre Longeray
7.15.15
africa

Details Emerge About French Commando Raid That Freed Hostage Held for 1,224 Days in Mali

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.
Matthieu Jublin
4.8.15
africa

Al Qaeda Splinter Group Claims Deadly Attack on Red Cross Aid Workers in Mali

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.
Matthieu Jublin
3.31.15
FRANCE

France Unveils Revised Military Strategy Following Paris Terror Attacks

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.
Pierre Longeray
3.14.15
Boko Haram

Boko Haram Launches Its First Ever Attack on Niger

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.
Pierre Longeray
2.6.15
africa

Three Killed As Protesters Try to Storm Headquarters of UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali

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.
Pierre Longeray
1.28.15
africa

Al Qaeda Militants Claim Attack on Mali Army Base That Killed at Least Eight

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.
Pierre Longeray
1.6.15
africa

French Troops Kill Wanted Jihadist Leader in Northern Mali Raid

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.
Melodie Bouchaud
12.13.14
africa

Nigeria Releases Suspected Russian Cargo Plane Carrying French Helicopters

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.
Virgile Dall’Armellina
12.8.14
africa

French Soldier Killed In Mali In Clash With Armed Terrorists

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.
Virgile Dall’Armellina
10.31.14
africa

Jihadists Suspected of Killing UN Peacekeepers in Mali

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.
Samuel Oakford
10.4.14
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