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WASHINGTON -- After a weeklong delay while the Obama administration debated whether to assist French forces fighting in Mali, the Pentagon is planning to begin ferrying additional French troops and equipment to the West African nation in coming days...
Tags: U.S. Air Force, Mali, Armed Forces, Al-Qaeda, The Pentagon
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – French ground forces engaged in combat with Al Qaeda-linked rebels in central Mali on Wednesday, according to French news reports, as the newly deployed troops launched their first ground operation in a battle to oust...
Tags: Wars and Interventions, Mali, Rebellions, Al-Qaeda, France
This post has been updated. See the note below for details.British, Dutch and German officials urged their citizens to leave the Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday, warning of an impending but undescribed threat. “We are now aware of a specific and imminent threat to Westerners in Benghazi, and urge...
PARIS -- France will gradually increase the number of soldiers deployed in the fight against Islamist insurgents in the West African nation of Mali to 2,500, a Defense Ministry official told journalists on Tuesday. The report suggests that France was...
Tags: Mali, France, Pakistan, Francois Hollande
Be honest: You can’t find Mali on a map, can you? Now, you’ve probably heard of Timbuktu. I don’t know why. Maybe because the name is catchy, like Katmandu. (No, that isn’t in Mali; that’s in Nepal. You’re welcome.)...
Tags: Afghanistan, Leon Panetta, Mali, Bali (Indonesia), Al-Qaeda
French troops have joined the Malian military in its fight to stop Islamist fighters from extending their reach into central Mali, President Francois Hollande said in a statement Friday. Mali pleaded for French help Thursday after the strategic city...
Tags: Wars and Interventions, Mali, Terrorism, Armed Forces, France
Islamist rebels say they took a strategic city in central Mali on Thursday amid fresh clashes with government forces, extending their reach in the divided country. Battles that began Wednesday marked the first fighting between military forces and...
Aiming to reclaim the northern stretches of Mali from extremists, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday approved the deployment of African-led forces to the West African nation for a year. However, the resolution stresses that Mali has a...
Tags: United Nations, Elections, Mali, Armed Forces, Government
World NowDozens of people were trapped and at least three people died when a multi-story shopping mall in the capital of Ghana collapsed shortly before opening Wednesday, according to Ghanaian authorities....
World NowThe Red Cross lamented Thursday that the deepening crisis in Syria has barred it from helping many of those in need, even as it steps up its efforts. “We can’t cope with the worsening of the situation,” International Committee of the Red...
World NowMali crisis: As Mali remains wracked by infighting and has failed to reverse a takeover of the north, the number of people pushed out of their homes has soared and more children are being recruited as fighters, United Nations agencies warn....
World NowGambian President Yahya Jammeh's announcement that all death row prisoners will be executed next month has drawn condemnation from human rights groups and foreign governments....
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