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  • Mali: Three French Soldiers Killed in Counterterrorism Operation

    12/29/2020 9:51:14 PM PST · by xomething · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/29/2020 | Gabrielle Reyes
    Three French soldiers were killed in Mali on Monday after their armored vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) during a counterterrorism operation in the West African country, the French government said. The soldiers were killed while conducting operations in central Mali as part of the French military’s Operation Barkhane campaign to combat Islamist militants throughout the African Sahel region, French government authorities said. The incident occurred near the small town of Hombori, located in the central Mali province of Mopti, according to the Wall Street Journal. France’s government identified the slain soldiers as Quentin Pauchet, Tanerii Mauri, and Dorian...
  • Islamists attack three French military bases in Mali

    12/01/2020 8:54:55 AM PST · by xomething · 2 replies
    Tribune India ^ | 11/30/2020
    The camps were hit by ‘indirect fire’ and no deaths or injuries were reported. The only damage was to a UN base in Kidal Al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters rocketed French military bases in Kidal, Menaka and Gao in northern Mali within the space of a few hours on Monday morning, a rare sign of coordinated raids on international forces. The camps were hit by “indirect fire”, although no deaths or injuries were reported, said Thomas Romiguier, a spokesman for French forces, who have more than 5,100 personnel spread across the region. The only damage was to a United Nations base...
  • Al-Qaeda threatens Emmanuel Macron as France kills 50 jihadists in Mali

    11/07/2020 10:29:52 AM PST · by xomething · 6 replies
    WION ^ | 11/03/2020 | WION Web Team
    Emmanuel Macron at press briefing Photograph:( AFP ) Justifying killings of people who insult Prophet, Al-Qaeda on Monday threatened French President Emmanuel Macron over his comments on Islam. Macron defended the publication of Prophet Mohammed's caricatures on the grounds of freedom of speech and expression which has angered several radical groups and Muslim nations across the world. "Killing anyone who insults the prophet is the right of each and every Muslim," the terror group, the terror group that is known by its French acronym AQMI, said in a statement. The controversy began after the French teacher Samuel Paty near...
  • Gunmen kill 8 in central Mali attack

    11/04/2020 10:43:52 AM PST · by xomething
    Deccan Herald ^ | 11/04/2020 | afp,Bamako
    Large stretches of the landlocked African state remain outside of government control Gunmen have killed eight people in central Mali, a local official and security ministry staffer said Wednesday, in the latest violence to hit the war-torn Sahel state. Militants attacked a minibus Tuesday, the officials said, which was travelling between the towns of Bandiagara and Bankass in central Mali's volatile Mopti region, which is prone to frequent jihadist attacks and ethnic killings. "Armed men opened fire on the minibus," a local government official told AFP, adding that eight people died, four escaped and eight were seriously wounded, three of...
  • France Says its Forces Killed 50 Islamic Extremists in Mali

    11/03/2020 1:56:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    French military forces fighting Islamic extremists in West Africa killed more than 50 jihadists and detained four in an operation last week in Mali, French officials said. Defense Minister Florence Parly tweeted Monday night that the French force in the region also confiscated weapons and equipment from the fighters in the operation last Friday, which she said “shows once again that terrorist groups cannot act with impunity.” Drones monitoring the region in northern Mali spotted a convoy of suspected fighters on motorcycles, prompting France to launch the operation, first with airstrikes and then with a ground operation by French commandos,...
  • Swiss Missionary Executed, Fellow Hostages Freed

    11/02/2020 5:39:42 PM PST · by xomething · 3 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 10/16/2020 | World Watch Monitor
    Beatrice Stockli was kidnapped by Islamist extremists in Timbuktu, Mali, in January 2016. A Swiss missionary Beatrice Stöckli—kidnapped from Timbuktu, Mali in January 2016—was killed only weeks before other hostages were freed by Islamist extremists, in an apparent prisoner-hostage swap negotiated by the new transitional government in Mali. ... The Swiss Foreign Ministry expressed its sorrow that Stöckli, a single woman in her late 40s, was “apparently killed by kidnappers of the Islamist terrorist organization Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslim (JNIM) about a month ago.”... .... the missionary settled in Timbuktu in 2000, working for a Swiss church,... The...
  • 2 terrorists get death sentences for multiple attacks including 2015 Mali hotel slaughter that killed 20

    10/28/2020 8:57:21 PM PDT · by xomething · 5 replies
    nydailynews ^ | 10/28/2020 | joseph wilkinson
    Two Islamic extremist terrorists were sentenced to death Wednesday in Mali for carrying out one terror attack and planning two others, including the 2015 hostage crisis in which two gunmen killed 20 people at a hotel. Fawaz Ould Ahmed and Sadou Chaka pleaded guilty and expressed no remorse for the three attacks, French news agency AFP reported. Ould Ahmed, a Mauritian national, said he was personally responsible for a March 2015 attack where he shot five people at a restaurant in the Malian capital of Bamako, according to Reuters. Ould Ahmed and Chaka are best known, however, for planning the...
  • THE CALIPHATE RETURNS ISIS taking over swathes of Africa like it did in Syria and Iraq with ‘staggeringly brutal’ tactics, Pentagon warns

    10/27/2020 5:31:32 PM PDT · by xomething · 28 replies ^ | 10/27/2020 | Imogen Braddick
    ISLAMIC State is taking over swathes of Africa like it did in Syria and Iraq with "staggeringly brutal" tactics, the Pentagon has warned. According to a report from West Point, the US officer training academy, the group's expansion and regrouping on the continent shows "Islamic State is far from defeated". "By the summer of 2020, it had become resolutely clear that the Islamic State was a changed organisation, but by no means a beaten one," the report, published by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Centre, said. The Pentagon report said there has been a "marked upward curve of claimed cumulative attacks...
  • Mali: at least twelve civilians and as many Malian soldiers killed in an attack

    10/17/2020 9:07:04 PM PDT · by xomething · 1 replies
    le monde ^ | 10/13/2020 | Le Monde avec AFP
    The center of the country has been caught in a whirlwind of violence since the emergence in this region in 2015 of a jihadist group led by the Fulani preacher Amadou Koufa, who recruited widely from his community. Twelve civilians, including two women and a child, and at least as many Malian soldiers, were killed in a double attack Tuesday, October 13 in central Mali, the deadliest in the country since the putsch of August 18. This new attack comes a few days after the release of four hostages - an opposition leader, Soumaïla Cissé, the French Sophie Pétronin and...
  • Turkey signs military cooperation agreement with Libya's neighbor: Russian think tank [Niger]

    07/26/2020 7:14:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    AMN - Al-Masdar News ^ | Sunday, July 26, 2020 | News Desk
    A Russian think tank reported on Sunday, that Turkey has allegedly concluded a military cooperation agreement with a country bordering Libya. According to Eurasia Political Studies website, "Katehon", who quoted private sources in the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Turkey had signed a military cooperation agreement with the country of Niger, which is located at the southern border of Libya. The site indicated that this agreement between Turkey and Niger will strengthen Ankara's control in the region, as the latter will support African countries, especially the Sahel countries, to be more effective in the issue of resolving the Libyan...
  • Mali Coup Leaders Seized Power Days After Returning From Military Training Camp in Russia

    08/25/2020 8:19:34 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    GNN Liberia ^ | August 22, 2020 | Cholo Brooks
    The leaders of the coup that ousted Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita spent most of the year training in Russia before returning to boot out the democratically-elected leader at gunpoint, according to sources in the Malian military. The rebels took control of Mali's largest military base in Kati, just outside the capital, Bamako, on Tuesday before storming Keita's official residence, seizing the president and forcing him to resign as leader of the West African nation. Numerous media outlets, including the BBC, immediately reported that the coup was led by Malick Diaw and Sadio Camara, two army colonels who hold top...
  • Argument: The Israel-UAE Deal Won't Bring Peace, but It Will Prolong the War in Libya

    08/24/2020 8:56:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | August 21, 2020 | Jason Pack|
    Despite being hailed as a "peace deal," the UAE-Israel agreement will more likely prolong ongoing regional wars. It will intensify conflict in those contested zones of the Middle East where the two blocs back rival actors -- primarily Yemen, Libya, and Syria. The insurgent bloc is winning in all three conflicts. The UAE has proved that its main strategy in these conflicts is to control the policymaking of its allies. Emirati leaders have leveraged their relationships in Riyadh and Washington over the last three years to give them or their proxies a free hand to fight in these contested zones....
  • Mali coup leader [Col. Assimi Goita] was trained by U.S. military

    08/21/2020 7:26:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, August 21, 2020 | Danielle Paquette
    Col. Assimi Goita, who emerged Thursday as the head of the junta in power, worked for years with U.S. Special Operations forces focused on fighting extremism in West Africa. He spoke regularly with U.S. troops and attended U.S.-led training exercises, said officers from both countries, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Goita, who also received training from Germany and France, according to the officers, headed Mali's special forces unit in the country's restive central region, where fighters linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State have established a stronghold that...
  • The battle on the frontline of climate change in Mali

    01/22/2019 7:07:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    BBC "News" ^ | January 22, 2019 | by Lyse Doucet
    Everything about Mami exudes exhaustion. Her round brown eyes are pools of sadness, and her bulbous body throbs with pain. "First, armed groups attacked nearby," she explains in a tired voice as we sit on plastic matting, five young children nestled close to their mother in Mali's fabled city in the sand Timbuktu. "Then the rains came, and did the rest." The worst rains in 50 years in northern Mali washed away their entire crop. Those rains poured through the cracks in her mud home caused by an explosion an armed group set off. The cracks are showing everywhere in...
  • UN demands that British army send more women for defense against jihad in Mali

    12/25/2019 6:37:11 PM PST · by robowombat · 40 replies
    UN demands that British army send more women for defense against jihad in Mali DEC 25, 2019 11:00 AM BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS “The United Nations has placed strict gender quotas on a British Army peacekeeping deployment to Mali in west Africa, demanding more females are sent under the auspices of a special bureaucratic directive….The call for more female UK soldiers to be included is part of a wider set of directives drafted by the U.N. that mandates strict quotas for female personnel in the name of equal opportunity.” The UN is forcing the issue of more women in the British...
  • New Explosion Reported in Mali, At Least Two Servicemen Killed

    11/04/2019 7:57:04 AM PST · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 17:59 03.11.2019
    New Explosion Reported in Mali, At Least Two Servicemen Killed Sputnik News 15:41 03.11.2019(updated 17:59 03.11.2019) The day before, the Elysee Palace said in a statement that a French soldier was killed that day in the morning in Mali as an explosive device detonated near his armoured vehicle. Two Malian soldiers were killed and six more injured as a result of a blast of an improvised explosive device in the central part of the country, the national Armed Forces said on Sunday in a statement. "On Saturday, November 2, 2019, during the patrol mission, a vehicle of the Malian Armed...
  • Dozens of Mali villagers killed by gunmen

    03/23/2019 1:47:04 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 03/23/2019 | Staff
    Gunmen surrounded the village before attacking people in their homes in Ogossagou in the country's Mopti region, a local official said. The attack on Saturday targeted members of the Fulani ethnic community. Ambassadors for the UN are currently in Mali addressing the increasing levels of ethnic and jihadist violence. The victims of Saturday's deadly attack were "killed with guns and machetes", a local security official told AFP news agency. Unconfirmed reports put the death toll far higher.
  • US Niger ambush: Mali militia says it has American vehicle and weapons

    03/15/2018 3:48:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 6 replies
    A militia in Mali says it has recovered weapons and a vehicle abandoned by US special forces during a deadly ambush in Niger last year, and is prepared to return them to the Americans. The Tuareg rebel group says it seized the battered four-wheel-drive and two rifles during clashes with "bandits" on the Mali-Niger border. Four members of the US special forces were killed in last year's raid. An offshoot of the Islamic State (IS) group said it carried out the attack. In a statement, the MSA-GATIA militia group said it captured the materiel from unidentified "armed bandits" on the...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Wednesday 8/19/2020

    08/19/2020 7:55:25 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 8/19/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    The John Durham investigation into the origins of the Justice Department's probe of alleged Russian collusion involving President Trump and his 2016 campaign leading to a guilty plea in Washington DC today..... A pro-Syrian government grouo claiming responsibility for a rocket attack on a US military base in the eastern part of the country...... The Prime Minister of the Bahamas backing down from a seven day complete lockdown of New Providence, the country's most populous island where the capital city of Nassau is located..... The "Conservative' Prime Minister of Australia a close ally of President Trump and the United States,...
  • Mali's President Keita resigns and dissolves parliament after military mutiny

    08/18/2020 9:05:46 PM PDT · by Marinario · 17 replies
    France24 ^ | Aug 19, 2020
    Issued on: 19/08/2020 - 02:25 Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned on Tuesday and dissolved parliament hours after mutinying soldiers detained him at gunpoint, plunging a country already facing a jihadist insurgency