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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.
The UN authorized a peacekeeping force of 11,200 soldiers and 1,440 police officers in Mali, to deploy on July 1. The force will work to stabilize the country for a return to civilian rule and help a European training mission build the Malian army. The resolution permits French troops to intervene if the UN force is confronted with an "imminent and serious threat."
Malian forces arrested 12 terrorists in Djebok on April 16, including a MUJAO explosives expert. Ansar Dine commander Mohamed Moussa Ag Mouhamed and MUJAO commander Oumeini Ould Baba Ahmed are also said to have been arrested. Arrest warrants have been issued for leaders from the MNLA, MUJAO, and AQIM, including MNLA Secretary-General Bilal Ag Acherif; Ansar Dine leader Iyad Ag Ghaly, Oumar Ould Hamaha, Sanda Ould Bouamama; and MUJAO member and suspected drug trafficker Cherif Ould Tahar.
France proposed the creation of a UN force of 11,200 military personnel and 1,440 international police to take over security in northern Mali on July 1. The draft resolution would allow French forces to intervene in Mali at the UN's request if there was a serious and imminent threat to the UN force. The Malian Red Cross says refugees from the conflict in the north still have great needs.
Chad said it is withdrawing its forces from Mali, just days after three Chadian soldiers were killed by a suicide attack in Kidal. Tuaregs loyal to the Malian government are assisting the French to rid the country of Islamist militants.
A suicide bomber killed three Chadian soldiers and wounded four more in an attack in a Kidal market. A combat helicopter crashed outside Sevare, killing five Malian soldiers including a senior officer. The country's largest political party has picked a candidate for the presidential election this summer.
French Foreign Minister Drian visited the Ifhogas mountains, where French, Chadian, and Malian troops have been fighting Islamists, and stated that 70 per cent of the task of ridding the area of jihadists has been accomplished. He said the quantity and nature of weaponry seized showed that the jihadists planned to use Mali as a base for attacks on neighboring countries and Europe. France has begun withdrawing its troops, to the dismay of Malian leaders. Four civilians were killed in Timbuktu.
A force of 1,000 French troops has begun sweeping a valley north of Gao to rid the area of remaining Islamist militants. On the first day of the operation, no militants were found but 340 artillery shells and high-caliber rockets were discovered and neutralized. Malians in Timbuktu remain anxious that the militants will return, and French forces believe many of the militants have switched from trucks to camels to avoid airstrikes.
Chadian troops are being redeployed from the Ifoghas Mountains to Kidal, which is occupied by MNLA forces but is not fully secure. The French foreign minister visited Mali to discuss plans for the French withdrawal.