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  • French forces in Mali kill Islamist on U.S. wanted list

    12/11/2014 4:55:15 AM PST · by wtd · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:20am EST
    French forces in Mali kill Islamist on U.S. wanted list PARIS Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:20am EST (Reuters) - French forces in northern Mali have killed a senior commander of the al Mourabitoun Islamist group who was wanted by the United States, a defense ministry spokesman said on Thursday. The United States has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Ahmed al Tilemsi, who took part in the 2011 kidnapping of two French nationals in Niger and of three aid workers in Algeria later that year. Al Tilemsi was a founding member of the...
  • New Ebola case confirmed, 2 more suspected

    11/22/2014 8:21:16 AM PST · by wtd · 7 replies
    News10 CBS ^ | 11/22/2014 | AP
    New Ebola case confirmed, 2 more suspected November 22, 2014 15:30 GMT BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Mali has confirmed a new case of Ebola and says two more suspected patients are being tested, raising concern about a further spread of the disease which has already killed at least five people in the country. The patient who tested positive "was placed in an isolation center for intensive treatment," according to a government statement. It says officials are monitoring 310 people to limit the spread of the disease. Mali's five confirmed Ebola deaths are linked to a 70-year-old imam who was...
  • Brooklyn man rushed to Bellevue with Ebola-like symptoms

    11/20/2014 3:16:38 PM PST · by dynachrome · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11-20-14 | Natasha Velez
    A Brooklyn man, who recently returned from West Africa, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with Ebola-like symptoms Thursday, police sources said. The man, whose name is being withheld by The Post, returned from Mali on Nov. 14, and came down with flu-like symptoms which are similar symptoms to those exhibited by patients suffering from Ebola, the sources said.
  • Mali fears surge of Ebola, expands watch to 440 people

    11/17/2014 9:59:21 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Fearful of a surge of Ebola cases, Mali placed more than 440 people under surveillance as a US hospital said Monday it had been unable to save the life of a doctor airlifted from Sierra Leone. Officials in Mali met to consider increasing security at its border following two confirmed cases of Ebola due to infection in neighboring Guinea. US airports also announced plans to begin enhanced screening of travelers from the west African nation. Mali has been scrambling to prevent a minor outbreak from turning into a major crisis after the deaths of a Guinean imam and the Malian...
  • Mali reports three deaths in capital linked to new Ebola cluster

    11/12/2014 7:05:44 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 11-13-2014 | AP/Japan Times
    Malian authorities on Wednesday reported three deaths believed to be linked to a new Ebola cluster, an alarming setback as Mali tries to limit the epidemic ravaging other West African countries. Health officials began monitoring dozens of hospital employees and family members, and also searched this capital city of about 2 million for those who helped prepare the body of one of the victims for burial before it was known that the corpse might be highly contagious. SNIP-- A nurse working at a clinic in the capital died Tuesday, and tests later showed she had Ebola, Communications Minister Mahamadou Camara...
  • First Outbreak Quashed, Ebola Reappears in Mali

    11/12/2014 6:53:33 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 11-13-2014 | Donald McNeil
    The West African nation of Mali, which just beat its first outbreak of Ebola, has confirmed a second one that is larger and more threatening, global health authorities said on Wednesday. The victim who apparently began the new outbreak was an imam who fell ill in Guinea and traveled to Mali for better treatment at a major private clinic in Bamako, the capital. The new cases will add to the mounting total of Ebola victims. In its last update on Nov. 5, the World Health Organization said there had been more than 13,000 confirmed or suspected cases in West Africa...
  • Mali suffers second Ebola case with death of a nurse

    11/11/2014 7:04:39 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 3 replies
    AFP / The Malaysian Insider ^ | November 12 | Staff
    Mali has suffered a new case of Ebola infection – separate from its only other one detected last month – with the death of a nurse who treated a patient from Guinea, medical sources said late Tuesday. "The nurse, who had been in contact with a Guinean national who died of the illness, died in turn," said official at the Pasteur Clinic in the capital Bamako, where the male nurse worked.
  • Mali confirms new case of Ebola, locks down Bamako clinic

    11/11/2014 6:25:32 PM PST · by wtd · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/11/2014 | Bamako
    Mali confirms new case of Ebola, locks down Bamako clinic(Reuters) - The government of Mali confirmed the country's second case of Ebola late on Tuesday and police deployed outside a clinic in the capital, Bamako, that authorities said had been quarantined. In a statement via Twitter, Mali's Information Minister Mahamadou Camara said "prevention measures" were being taken, but gave no details on the case. Local officials and diplomats said the new case was unrelated to the first one last month.
  • Mali confirms its first case of Ebola, Health Ministry says

    10/27/2014 11:50:38 AM PDT · by mojito · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/24/2014 | Margot Haddad and Katarina Hoije
    <p>A 2-year-old girl in Mali has been diagnosed with Ebola, making her the West African country's first confirmed case, health officials said Thursday.</p> <p>The girl was brought to Mali from neighboring Guinea, where the outbreak this year is believed to have started, World Health Organization spokeswoman Yvette Bivigou said.</p>
  • Mali rushes to track Ebola after toddler dies

    10/26/2014 4:24:26 PM PDT · by Karl Spooner · 12 replies
    KAYES, Mali (AP) — After 2-year-old Fanta Kone's father died in southern Guinea, the toddler's grandmother took her from the forested hills where the Ebola outbreak first began months ago to bring her home to Mali. It wasn't long, though, before the little girl started getting nosebleeds. By the time the pair made their way back more than 600 miles to the heat-baked town of Kayes several days later, the toddler had a high fever and was vomiting blood. Doctors swiftly diagnosed Fanta with Ebola, but she soon succumbed to the virus already blamed for killing nearly 5,000 people in...
  • Ebola crisis: 'Many exposed' to infected Mali girl

    10/24/2014 8:12:49 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/24/2014 | BBC
    Health officials fear many people may have been exposed to Mali's first Ebola victim - a two-year-old girl. She recently arrived from Guinea, one of the worst affected countries, and has since died. The girl showed symptoms, including a bleeding nose, while travelling on a public bus through several towns, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Forty-three people, including 10 health workers, who came into contact with her have been identified and isolated. The girl was being treated in the western town of Kayes, after arriving at a hospital on Wednesday. The child had travelled more than 1,000 km (600...
  • Ebola Has Now Spread To Mali

    10/23/2014 3:07:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/23/2014 | LAUREN F FRIEDMAN
    The first case of Ebola has been reported in Mali. Mali shares a border with Guinea, where the current Ebola outbreak began, but it has not seen any cases until now."Health Minister Ousmane Kone told state television that the patient in the western region of Kayes was a two-year-old girl who had recently arrived from neighboring Guinea," Reuters reported. Siguiri, a mining town in the northeast corner of Guinea, is the only Guinean district that shares a border with Mali and has reported Ebola cases.Here's a look at the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the largest in history, with an...
  • First case of Ebola confirmed in Mali: health minister

    10/23/2014 2:54:25 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 7 replies
    Roto-Reuters ^ | 10/23/2014
    BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali said on Thursday it had detected its first confirmed case of Ebola, making it the sixth West African country to be touched by the worst outbreak on record of the deadly hemorrhagic fever. Health Minister Ousmane Kone told state television that the patient in the western region of Kayes was a two-year-old girl who had recently arrived from neighboring Guinea, where the outbreak began.
  • Obama's Logical, Fanatical Foreign Policy

    08/29/2014 7:16:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    After World War I the third rate minds who brought us the conflict to begin with came up with another stupid idea: They decided to divide up former German, Austrian and Turkish empires into separate countries, like Czechoslovakia, and create makeshifts, like the Danzig Corridor. Germany lost territory to Poland to create a land corridor to Danzig that gave Poland access to the sea.Never mind that it cleaved a country in two. It was these territorial wedges-- wedges that diced up ethnicity-- that Hitler used to gain legitimacy in the eyes of Germans. By cutting up countries in defiance of...
  • 'Promising' Ebola vaccine to go into trials - and it could be available by the end of the year

    08/28/2014 11:07:23 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 August 2014 | Jenny Hope for the Daily Mail
    Britons are to be the first in the world to test a new vaccine against the deadly ebola virus. Altogether 60 healthy volunteers will be given the vaccine next month in a trial led by Oxford University scientists. If the vaccine performs as well in humans as in monkeys, the trial will be extended to 80 people in The Gambia and in Mali. The entire trial programme is being fast-tracked – subject to ethical approval – with the intention of using the vaccine in people at high risk in West Africa early next year. Latest figures show that more than...
  • Suicide bomber attacks U.N. base in northern Mali, kills two

    08/16/2014 12:08:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:45pm EDT | Adama Diarra
    Two U.N. peacekeepers were killed and nine others injured in a suicide attack on a patrol base in northern Mali, the U.N. peacekeeping mission (MINUSMA) said on Saturday. A vehicle exploded on Saturday morning next to the base in the village of Ber, about 60 km (40 miles) east of the desert city of Timbuktu, the statement said. It did not give the nationalities of the soldiers, although one MINUSMA official said that both the soldiers who died were from neighboring Burkina Faso. …
  • Body of child found in wheel well of US military plane

    07/29/2014 4:28:40 PM PDT · by bgill · 33 replies
    ABC via kvue ^ | July 29, 2014 | ABC
    The body of a male adolescent was found Sunday night in the wheel-well of a U.S. Air Force C-130 at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany after the plane had arrived from a flight that originated in Mali... The aircraft had made one other stop in Africa and another in Sigonella, Italy, before arriving at Ramstein, Kirby said. It's unclear whether this child was a stowaway or where the child had boarded the plane.
  • France sends military to guard Air Algerie wreck; black box found

    07/25/2014 4:27:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/25/2014
    French officials have dispatched a military unit to the crash site of an Air Algerie jet that crashed in Mali carrying 116 people after vanishing from radar shortly after takeoff late Wednesday night. French president Francois Hollande announced Friday that there were no survivors in the crash of the aircraft which disappeared from radar less than an hour after it took off early Thursday from Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, for Algiers. Speaking after a crisis meeting, Hollande also announced that one of the aircraft's two black boxes has been found in the wreckage, in the Gossi region near the border...
  • Mali president says wreckage of Air Algerie flight spotted in north

    07/24/2014 11:18:00 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 7/24/14 | Adama Diarra
    Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said on Thursday that the wreckage of a missing Air Algerie flight had been spotted in his country's desert north.
  • Plane disappears over northern Mali

    07/24/2014 9:43:08 AM PDT · by Chuckster · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu July 24, 2014 | By Laura Smith-Spark and Claudia Rebaza, CNN
    An Air Algerie flight with at least 116 people on board which dropped off the radar in the early hours of Thursday has apparently crashed in Mali, the flight operator said. Air Algerie said via Twitter that the plane has apparently crashed in the Tilemsi area, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) from the southeastern city of Gao.
  • French official: Air Algerie flight that disppeared from radar crashed in Mali

    07/24/2014 8:46:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/24/2014
    A French Ministry of Defense official tells Fox News that the Air Algerie jet carrying 116 people that vanished from radar shortly after takeoff late Wednesday night has crashed in Mali, and that two French fighter jets have located the wreckage. Air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair MD-83 roughly 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 9:55 p.m. ET Wednesday, the official Algerian news agency said. France's foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, told The Associated Press that the flight "probably crashed." The French Ministry of Defense official told Fox News that the plane went...
  • Israel Will Be The Last Man Standing in the Middle East: The Oil Weapon vs. the Grain Weapon

    05/22/2014 7:11:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/22/2014 | david A
    The Arab Spring, which started with the self-immolation of a Tunisian vegetable vendor at 11.30 am on 16th December, 2010, has resulted in two failed states in the region so far.  Libya has become “Scumbag Woodstock” because of the number of terrorist organisations headquartered there.  The French and English attempt at regime change created a terrorist haven with consequences as far afield as Mali and the 300 Christian girls kidnapped in Nigeria.  Fortunately, Syria has become a meatgrinder for Islamic terrorists and for the moment has ceased being a net exporter of terrorism.  In that conflict, the Obama Administration has...
  • Militant Islamist Website Calls for Attacks on France and Hollande

    03/11/2014 2:34:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Mar 11, 2014
    A militant Islamist website has created a series of posters calling for attacks on France and for the assassination of President Francois Hollande in reprisal for the country's policies in Mali and the Central African Republic, the SITE monitoring service said late on Monday. In addition to assisting Mali in its war against Islamists, France sent troops four months ago to the majority Christian Central African Republic, where predominantly Muslim "Seleka" rebels seized power a year ago. The Seleka have since been pushed back by Christian "anti-balaka" - "anti-machete" in the local language - militia.
  • French kill jihadist commander in Mali

    03/14/2014 5:00:42 PM PDT · by csvset · 7 replies
    News24 ^ | 14 march 2014 | AFP
    Bamako - A notorious Islamist militia leader known as "Red Beard" has been killed in French missile strikes in north-eastern Mali, a senior Malian army officer told AFP. Omar Ould Hamaha was a commander of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao) and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), armed groups which occupied northern Mali for almost ten months in 2012. "Omar Ould Hamaha, the terrorist of Malian nationality, is one of ten terrorists killed last week by French planes," the officer said late on Thursday. Hamaha's death was confirmed by a regional security source who said...
  • Mali National Arraigned in 2000 Killing of American Diplomat in Niger

    03/14/2014 1:57:48 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | March 13, 2014 | By Adam Goldman
    "Mali national arraigned in 2000 killing of American diplomat in Niger" 

  • Douala-Djibouti Corridor-France is enabling bloc of non-Islamist, liberal democracies in Africa

    02/06/2014 5:29:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 6, 2014 | Jerome Vitenberg
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - The Douala-Djibouti CorridorPosted By Jerome Vitenberg On February 6, 2014 @ 12:15 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment The current French involvement in the Central African Republic, which follows in the footsteps of its ongoing “Operation Serval” in Mali, has led many to wonder about President Francois Hollande’s goals in his African campaigns.In recent months, the CAR’s ex-Séléka Muslim rebel fighters, bolstered by Sudanese and Chadian mercenaries, have waged a campaign of murder, rape and pillage against the country’s 80% Christian-majority population. With the government in disarray, Christians have organized defensive “anti-balaka” (“anti-machete”)...
  • Two French journalists abducted, killed in northern Mali

    11/02/2013 5:21:19 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | Nov. 2, 2013
    Two French radio journalists were killed by gunmen in northern Mali on Saturday shortly after being abducted in the town of Kidal, French and Malian officials said. The French government confirmed that 58-year old Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont, 51, both journalists at RFI radio, had been found dead.
  • Algerian troops find huge arms cache on Libya border [incl 500 MANPAD]

    10/24/2013 4:01:40 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:47pm EDT | Lamine Chikhi
    (Reuters) - Algerian troops discovered a huge arms cache near the border with Libya, including hundreds of surface-to-air missiles, rockets and landmines, an Algerian security source said on Thursday. ... The source said the cache was found in Illizi in southern Algeria, about 200 km (125 miles) from the Amenas gas plant, which Libyan-based Islamist militants attacked in January, killing nearly 40 foreign contractors. The weapons included 100 anti-aircraft missiles, more than 500 MANPAD shoulder-launched rockets often used against low flying aircraft like helicopters, and hundreds of rocket launchers, rifles, landmines and rocket-propelled grenades, the source added.
  • Niger would welcome armed U.S. drones: foreign minister

    10/24/2013 5:48:49 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:57am EDT | Daniel Flynn and Abdoulaye Massalatchi
    (Reuters) - Niger would welcome the deployment of armed U.S. drones to the West African country to help in its battle against an armed Islamist threat and drug trafficking in the Sahara, Foreign Minister Mohamed Bazoum said on Wednesday. Washington deployed about 100 military personnel and unarmed surveillance drones in Niger after a French-led military operation in January destroyed an al Qaeda enclave in neighboring northern Mali. Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou's government, concerned not only by the presence of Islamists but also the trafficking of arms, cocaine and cannabis in the north, wants to further reinforce military ties with the...
  • UK Dentist Struck Off For Offering to Perform Female Genital Mutilation

    09/08/2013 4:45:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    IBT ^ | September 8, 2013 | Tom Porter
    A dentist who offered to perform genital mutilation on two young girls in a sting by an undercover reporter has been struck off. Omar Sheikh Mohamed Addow, 56, is the first dentist to be struck off by the General Dental Council for the crime, which carries a maximum 14-year sentence in the UK. The council's Professional Conduct Committee found that Addow had also performed an inappropriate examination of the reporter's chest, abdomen and vagina at his surgery, which was illegal as he was not a doctor registered with the General Medical Council. ... When asked to perform FGM on the...
  • Gaza jihadists call for 'jihad' against Egypt's el Sisi

    08/16/2013 10:46:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | August 15, 2013 | David Barnett
    Abu Hafs al Maqdisi, the leader of the Gaza-based Jaish al Ummah (Army of the Nation), today called on Egyptians to wage "jihad" against Egyptian army commander General Abdul Fattah el Sisi. Al Maqdisi, who was released from a Hamas prison in December, also called on Egyptians to overthrow "the tyrant" (el Sisi) and establish an Islamic state. In addition, al Maqdisi said he hoped that one of el Sisi's bodyguards would kill him. Al Maqdisi further stated, according to press reports, that although Jaish al Ummah does not currently coordinate with any Salafist groups in Egypt, it is...
  • Brother, Can You Spare A Drone?

    08/12/2013 8:05:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | JULY-AUGUST 2013 | JOSEPH A. HARRISS
    France’s campaign in Mali exposes Europe’s unpreparedness for 21st-century war. WITH WELL-ARMED radical Islamist insurgents closing in last winter on Mali’s capital, Bamako, French President François Hollande suddenly decided to defend Western civilization. Plunging in the polls as the most unpopular French president since the Fifth Republic was founded in 1958, he just might have had ulterior motives; diverting hostile public opinion at home with a military escapade abroad is a tried and true tactic for floundering chiefs of state. Be that as it may, French troops, mainly Foreign Legion, began deploying to Mali in Operation Serval on January 11....
  • Global al Qaeda: Affiliates, objectives, and future challenges (Foreign Affairs Cmte. testimony)

    08/04/2013 5:27:39 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | July 18, 2013 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Editor's note: Below is Thomas Joscelyn's testimony to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, on al Qaeda, the nature of the group's central command and its relationship with its affiliates, and the future challenges the West faces in battling the terror organization. Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Sherman and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the threat posed by al Qaeda. We have been asked to "examine the nature of global al Qaeda today." In particular, you asked us to answer the following questions: "What is [al...
  • ‘Beelzebub inhabits hearts in this country’ (no, it's not talking about the US)

    07/23/2013 2:38:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 7/23/2013 | JONATHAN LUXMOORE
    When rebel forces, led by Arab-speaking Muslims, seized control of the Central African Republic this March, it deepened fears that a co-ordinated Islamist insurgency could now be spreading through swathes of the continent. Four months on, the landlocked country is living through a reign of terror, largely directed against its Christian minority.“Churches have been routinely robbed and pillaged here, while Muslim mosques have been left untouched,” Mgr Cyriaque Gbate Doumalo, secretary-general of the Central African Republic’s Catholic bishops’ conference, told me in an interview. “Our public institutions aren’t functioning and our hospitals have been ransacked, leaving the sick and destitute...
  • Obama hiring contractor for African bomb

    07/14/2013 6:42:58 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    WND ^ | July 14, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    The Obama administration continues to ramp up its military-response capabilities in Africa, where it is now looking for contractor support to transport U.S. Africa Command troops, weaponry and explosives. The U.S. Transportation Command on behalf of AFRICOM is soliciting help from private aircraft providers who can move U.S. troops and supplies in the Central African nations of Uganda, Central Africa Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. The development comes at a time when the Department of Defense simultaneously is strengthening its ability – also with contractor assistance – to retrieve soldiers trapped and injured in hot spots...
  • Mali manual suggests al-Qaida has feared weapon [ MANPADS]

    06/11/2013 8:21:34 AM PDT · by don-o · 22 replies
    AP ^ | June 11, 2013 | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
    TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) -- The photocopies of the manual lay in heaps on the floor, in stacks that scaled one wall, like Xeroxed, stapled handouts for a class. Except that the students in this case were al-Qaida fighters in Mali. And the manual was a detailed guide, with diagrams and photographs, on how to use a weapon that particularly concerns the United States: A surface-to-air missile capable of taking down a commercial airplane. The 26-page document in Arabic, recovered by The Associated Press in a building that had been occupied by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb in Timbuktu, strongly suggests...
  • How Timbuktu's manuscripts were smuggled to safety

    06/05/2013 3:01:17 AM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 5 replies
    BBC news ^ | 3 June 2013 | Naveena Kottoor
    When Islamist rebels set fire to two libraries in Timbuktu earlier this year, many feared the city's treasure trove of ancient manuscripts had been destroyed. But many of the texts had already been removed from the buildings and were at that very moment being smuggled out of the city, under the rebels' noses. "These manuscripts are really precious to us. They are family heirlooms. Our history, our heritage," says Dr Abdel Kader Haidara, owner of one of Timbuktu's biggest private libraries, containing manuscripts dating back to the 16th Century. "In our family there have been generations and generations of great...
  • Deadly assault on Niger prison

    06/01/2013 4:10:37 PM PDT · by csvset · 7 replies
    France24 ^ | 01/06/2013
    Gunmen killed two guards and wounded around 10 other people in an attack on a prison in Niger’s capital Niamey on Saturday, a week after al Qaeda-linked groups raided a uranium mine and an army barracks. Local residents said the assault began at around 3 p.m. (1500 GMT) when a group of attackers opened fire on guards at the entrance to the prison. They said they also heard a loud explosion. Ila Yaye, who lives near the prison, told Reuters she saw several of the guards fall and not get back up. It was not immediately clear who had carried...
  • Timbuktu’s slaves liberated as Islamists flee

    06/01/2013 1:21:29 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 1, 2013 | By Sudarsan Raghavan
    Timbuktu, Mali — Her light-skinned master no longer beats her with a camel whip. He no longer makes her work from dawn to night without pay. He fled with his family four months ago, along with the Islamists who briefly ruled this historic city. “I am free,” said Aminaya Traore, a 50-year-old woman who was born a slave. “I can do whatever I want.” Across this sand-swept city, hundreds of modern-day slaves are experiencing a sense of liberation, many for the first time. Nearly all the lighter-skinned Tuaregs and Arab Moors who for generations exploited them have fled the city,...
  • ‘Inside help’ behind deadly Niger terror attack

    05/27/2013 11:59:41 AM PDT · by csvset · 21 replies
    France24 ^ | 27/05/2013 | Staff
    Days after a deadly suicide attack at a French-run uranium mine in Niger, a FRANCE 24 team that was given access to the high security site found evidence that the assailants had meticulously studied their target and likely received inside help. The explosives-packed car that rammed a grinding unit at a uranium mine in Arlit, a remote town in northern Niger, last week is in tatters. The shell of the car’s transmission system stands upright in the rubble, while the twisted frame was flung about ten meters away. Days after suicide bombers attacked a uranium mine in this West African...
  • U.S. flies more than 200 air refuel missions to Mali

    05/21/2013 9:51:55 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, May 20, 2013 | Shaun Waterman
    U.S. aerial tankers have flown more than 200 missions this year to fuel French airpower supporting Paris’ intervention against al Qaeda linked extremists in Mali. The aid underscores NATO’s reliance on U.S. military capabilities to stage even their own unilateral operations. Air Force Times reported the U.S. Air Force’s 351st Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, forward deployed to Morón Air Base, Spain, from RAF Mildenhall, in Suffolk, England, has offloaded more than eight million pounds of fuel in 204 separate missions in support of the French Air Force as of May 15. ... But French forces could not have gotten to...
  • U.S.-trained Congolese troops committed rapes and other atrocities, U.N. says

    05/16/2013 11:13:20 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 13, 2013 | Craig Whitlock
    A Congolese army battalion that received its formative training from the U.S. military went on to commit mass rapes and other atrocities last year, a U.N. investigation has found. Members of the 391st Commando Battalion, a unit created in 2010 with extensive support from the U.S. government, joined with other Congolese soldiers to rape 97 women and 33 girls as they fled a rebel advance in eastern Congo in November, according to the United Nations. U.S. Special Operations forces had spent eight months training the 750-member battalion in a bid to professionalize Congo’s ragtag military, which has a long history...
  • Proof Positive - In My Opinion (who created Innocence of Muslims)(Obama)

    09/20/2012 10:33:42 PM PDT · by TigersEye · 145 replies
    Youtube ^ | Sept. 20, 2012 | Montagraph
    Proof Positive - In My Opinion True Source Found For "Innocence of Muslims." (Obama)This is a Youtube video produced by user Montagraph who speculated that "Innocence of Muslims" was a false flag op. So did I. He has done a lot of work tracing numerous websites connected to the original uploading of the now famous video. His narrative starts out very slow but give it a chance. He does explain it all in detail and has sourced it all with URLs below his vid. Montagraph declines to say that his evidence is definitive so you be the judge. The internet...
  • US troops deployed in Mali

    05/02/2013 5:12:47 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 30 replies
    defenceWeb ^ | Thursday, 02 May 2013 12:12 | defenceWeb
    The United States has deployed a small number of troops to Mali, but insists they will only be used to provide support to the French-led operation there and will not engage in combat. Lieutenant Colonel Robert Firman, a Pentagon spokesman, said around ten US military personnel are in Mali to provide ‘liaison support’ to French and African troops, reports the Washington Post. “Today, there are about 10 US military personnel providing liaison support to French and AFISMA (the African-led International Support Mission to Mali) forces,” Africom spokesman Benjamin Benson said in a statement, adding that the number has fluctuated as...
  • As Mali Wars with Islamists, a Mormon Runs for President

    05/02/2013 5:06:52 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 6 replies
    Time ^ | May 02, 2013 | Aryn Baker / Bamako
    When Niankoro Yeah Samake lands in Mali on Friday, following a successful California fundraising campaign, to register as a candidate in the country’s upcoming presidential elections, he will be carrying a lot of baggage. There will be the requisite suitcase stuffed with gifts from the United States for his family back home. He will have a sizable check from an American hair products magnate to help fund his campaign. And he will have his well-thumbed copy of the Book of Mormon, scripture that has been a constant source of strength since he converted more than a decade ago. He is...
  • Al Qaeda in Iraq, Al Nusrah Front ( Syria) emerge as rebranded single entity

    04/10/2013 6:05:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | April 9, 2013 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Image that accompanied Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's audiotape announcing the creation of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The flag was originally al Qaeda in Iraq's banner, but has been adopted by other al Qaeda affiliated and associated groups. Image from the SITE Intelligence Group. The emir of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), Abu Bakr al Baghdadi (also known as Abu Dua), has announced a new brand for his organization's efforts: the "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant." The new name replaces all previous brands used by al Qaeda's affiliates in Iraq and Syria, including the...
  • Chad's Leader: Troops to Leave Mali Guerrilla War

    04/15/2013 5:43:46 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | April 15, 2013 | KRISTA LARSON and BABA AHMED
    The war against armed Islamic extremists in Mali will lose some 2,000 Chadian soldiers, the president of Chad said, leaving Malian cities more vulnerable to a resurgence of jihadist attacks. The news that Chad will pull its troops from Mali could force France to push back its own timeframe for withdrawing its troops from its former West African colony and creates greater urgency for a U.N. military mission to Mali. The United Nations is set to consider sending a mission, but diplomats have yet to determine its composition and mission. ... Chad also has suffered heavy troop casualties. Chadian President...
  • U.S. on alert over Canadians [Islamists] in Algeria

    01/31/2013 6:53:28 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | January 31, 2013 8:49 PM EST | Reuters
    Signs that Canadian citizens were involved in the attack by hostage-taking Islamist militants on a remote gas plant in Algeria are of great concern to American authorities, U.S. intelligence officials said on Thursday. While Algerian authorities apparently have not yet provided Western governments with cast-iron proof, a senior U.S. intelligence official said: “We’re taking very seriously the reports of the two Canadians’ involvement.” ... Confirmation that Canadian citizens were involved in the attack on the In Amenas facility in the Algerian desert would raise concerns about a worrying nexus between North America and North African militants. At least 38 plant...
  • Mali gives Hollande new camel after first one eaten by caretakers

    04/10/2013 6:20:46 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/04/2013 | France 24
    Malian authorities are set to give French President François Hollande a new camel after the first one he was given as thanks for France’s military intervention in Mali was killed and eaten by the family who was meant to look after it in Timbuktu. Things have not been going well for French President François Hollande as of late. His approval ratings already abysmally low, Hollande’s leadership was called into question last week after his government became embroiled in a tax scandal. To add insult to injury, it has also recently been revealed that a camel he was given as thanks...
  • Libya arms fueling conflicts in Syria, Mali and beyond: U.N. experts

    04/10/2013 5:01:02 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 9, 2013 | Michelle Nichols | Reuters
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Weapons are spreading from Libya at an "alarming rate," fueling conflicts in Mali, Syria and elsewhere and boosting the arsenals of extremists and criminals in the region, according to a U.N. report published on Tuesday. The report by the U.N. Security Council's Group of Experts - who monitor an arms embargo imposed on Libya at the start of an uprising in 2011 which ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi - said the North African state had become a key source of weapons in the region as its nascent government struggles to exert authority. Libyan government security forces remain...