Results tagged “Mali”
Would you like to limit the tag results display to a specific section?
If you do, then pick any of the sections below:
Or simply go to the aggregated tag results from:
President Traore has excluded all northern factions, including the Barbiche Arab tribes, from talks on Mali's future except the Tuareg MNLA, which occupies Kidal. He called for a decentralized government, and said the separatist issue would be addressed after the presidential election in July. The Malian military seeks to retake Kidal. France is backing talks in Burkina Faso between the MNLA and the Malian government to broker an agreement allowing elections to take place in Kidal while preserving the issue of Tuareg autonomy.
The Tuareg MNLA claimed its forces were attacked in the town of Anefis by militants from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa; two Tuareg fighters and seven Islamists are said to have been killed in the ongoing clash. The Malian army said the MNLA was fighting not with MUJAO but with another group, the MAA, which is comprised of Malian Arabs from north of Timbuktu.
France's defense minister said his country intends to keep a force of 1,000 soldiers in Mali indefinitely to carry out operations against Islamist terrorists. From May 2 to May 9, French jets carried out a dozen airstrikes in Mali. France has decided to purchase two medium-altitude unarmed Reaper drones from the US Air Force for use in Mali.
At the first international conference on Mali since the French-led intervention in January, donors have pledged $4 billion to help rebuild the country's government, military, and infrastructure; organize presidential elections; stimulate the economy; and establish dialogue with rebel groups in the north. Among the pledges is $673 million from the European Union. The aid agency Oxfam cautioned that development funding must continue for at least 15 years for sustainable results to be achieved.
Jihadists claimed that four Egyptian suicide bombers had died in attacks in Mali, including one who had appeared in videos with Muhammad al Zawahiri, the brother of al Qaeda's emir. The Malian military is preparing to take back Kidal, Tessalit, Abeibara, and Aguelhok from the separatist Tuareg MNLA, which is holding the territory after the French military chased away many of the al Qaeda-linked fighters in the area. French troops still occupy Kidal airport.
A suicide bombing killed two Malian soldiers and at least two Islamist militants in Gao. Eight Malian soldiers were injured in ongoing clashes with militants in a village north of Gao.
The Pentagon said the US has sent about 10 military personnel to Mali to provide "liaison support" to French and African troops in the battle against Islamists in the north, and that 12 other US military personnel are assigned to the US embassy in Bamako. Gilles Le Guen, a French jihadist recently captured north of Timbuktu, may be extradited to France.
Gilles Le Guen, a French jihadist suspected of participating in the attack on the In Amenas gas facility in Algeria earlier this year, was arrested in northern Mali a few days ago. Le Guen, a.k.a. Abdel Jelil, is being interrogated by the French military before being turned over to Malian forces.
The French government announced that a French soldier was killed in combat in the far north of the country. He is the sixth French soldier killed since the intervention began in January. The soldier was killed and two others were wounded when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.