France’s Macron rules out immediate troop drawdown from Sahel

French president says rushed exit from volatile region in West Africa would be a mistake, as Chad deploys reinforcements. President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out an immediate drawdown in France’s 5,100-strong Barkhane forces battling armed groups in the Sahel region of West Africa, describing a rushed exit as a mistake. Macron said he was pushing […]

Ahead of Sahel summit, where do France and G5 countries stand?

Leaders of five Sahelian countries in West Africa and their French counterpart will hold a summit this week to discuss the fight against armed groups in the volatile region. The heads of state of the so-called G5 Sahel countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – will converge in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, while […]

At least 9 soldiers killed in latest central Mali attack

Six other troops wounded in ambush near the village of Boni in violence-plagued region of Mopti. The Malian army has said at least nine soldiers were killed and six others wounded following an ambush in the country’s volatile centre. The attack occurred at about 6:15am (06:15 GMT) on Wednesday near the village of Boni in […]

Ethnic groups in central Mali sign ‘three peace agreements’

Three “peace agreements” have been signed by representatives from herder and farmer communities that have become trapped in violence sparked by armed group attacks in central Mali, a Swiss mediator said. The accords bring together the Fulani – also called Peul – who mainly comprise semi-nomadic herders, and the Dogon, who are chiefly sedentary farmers. The […]

Six Malian soldiers killed in ‘complex and simultaneous’ attacks

Army says coordinated twin assaults also left 18 troops wounded, with some 30 assailants killed in military response. At least six Malian soldiers have been killed in two “complex and simultaneous” attacks in Mali’s conflict-wracked centre, according to the military. The coordinated assault took place at about 3am (03:00 GMT) on Sunday in the villages […]

Suspected extremists kill three Mali soldiers

Author:  AFP article author:  AFP ID:  1611492358688591300 Sun, 2021-01-24 12:07 BAMAKO: Three soldiers died when suspected extremists carried out twin attacks on the army in central Mali overnight, military sources said Sunday. “Two simultaneous terrorist attacks in the night of Saturday to Sunday … caused the deaths of three soldiers,” a military source told AFP […]

UN says two million internally displaced by Sahel violence

The UNHCR called the humanitarian response in Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger ‘dangerously overstretched’. More than two million people have been forced to flee their homes within their own countries’ borders owing to the violence engulfing Africa’s Sahel region, the United Nations refugee agency has said. The humanitarian response is “dangerously overstretched” in an […]

Ex-Mali PM accused of plotting coup ‘not on run’

One of Boubou Cisse’s lawyers said the former leader ‘is in the capital Bamako in a safe place’. Lawyers for Malian former Prime Minister Boubou Cisse denied he was on the run, after a public prosecutor suggested he had fled charges of plotting to overthrow the army-dominated interim government. The public prosecutor in the capital […]

Witnesses say 20 killed in air strike in central Mali

French military says fighters killed in an air raid by French jets near Bounti village, but residents say civilians died. France said it killed dozens of fighters in a weekend air raid in central Mali, while several villagers and a local group said up to 20 wedding guests were killed by fire from a helicopter. […]

Al-Qaeda branch claims killings of French soldiers in Mali

Group to Support Islam and Muslims says it ‘detonated an explosive device’ as French armoured vehicle passed by. Al-Qaeda’s branch in North Africa has claimed responsibility for killing two French soldiers who died when their armoured vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in eastern Mali. The soldiers were on a reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering […]

Two French soldiers killed in Mali: French presidency

BREAKING President Emmanuel Macron’s office says explosive device hit French soldiers’ vehicle Saturday in Mali’s Menaka region. Two French soldiers were killed in Mali on Saturday when an improvised explosive device (IED) hit their vehicle, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said. In a statement, the French presidency said the blast occurred late Saturday morning in Mali’s […]

Mali charges prominent figures with ‘attempted coup’

Six individuals, including a former prime minister, charged with seeking to mount a coup, their lawyers say. Malian authorities have charged six prominent figures, including a former prime minister, with seeking to mount a coup in August last year, their lawyers said. The public prosecutor’s office in the capital Bamako said in a statement on […]

Three French soldiers killed in Mali IED blast

The soldiers, on a mission in the southern region, were part of France’s Barkhane military operations in Mali. Three French soldiers died after their armoured vehicle hit an IED in the Hombori area of Mali’s central Mopti province. The soldiers were participating in a military operation as part of a larger mission aiming at fighting […]

Mali opens probe into ‘state security’ violation

The probe comes after half a dozen prominent figures were held for questioning earlier this month. Authorities in Mali say they have opened an inquiry into the violation of state security, a move that came after half a dozen prominent figures were detained for questioning earlier this month. The country, which underwent a coup in […]

Mali opposition leader Soumaila Cisse dies of coronavirus: Family

Cisse, 71, who was held hostage for six months earlier this year by an armed group, was considered a leading contender in 2022 presidential polls. Soumaila Cisse, Mali’s main opposition leader who was held hostage for six months earlier this year by an armed group and was considered a leading contender in the 2022 presidential […]

UN probe in Mali sees war crimes, crimes against humanity: Report

United Nations investigators into violence in Mali have told the Security Council of evidence that security forces committed war crimes, and fighters and other armed groups perpetrated crimes against humanity. The allegations were made in a 338-page report by the International Commission of Inquiry for Mali, a three-member panel which investigated violence that unfolded over […]

Military officer elected head of Mali’s interim legislature

Colonel Malick Diaw elected president of Mali’s post-coup National Transition Council. Mali’s interim legislature has elected Colonel Malick Diaw, a member of the military government that toppled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August, as its president. The 121-seat body, known as the National Transition Council, was holding its inaugural session in the capital Bamako on […]

Military bases housing foreign troops attacked in northern Mali

Attacks in distant towns appear to be a rare attempt at a coordinated assault on international forces operating in conflict-hit country. Three military bases housing foreign forces in northern Mali have come under separate attacks within the space of a few hours, according to officials. The camps in Kidal, Menaka and Gao were hit by […]

Endeavour Mining to acquire Teranga Gold in $2bn all-share deal #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

West Africa-focused Endeavour Mining has agreed to buy Teranga Gold in an all-share deal to create a top 10 gold producer which will list in London, the companies said on Monday, a week after they announced they were in talks. The agreement is a breakthrough for the fragmented gold sector and for Endeavour, whose previous attempt at a major merger failed. But with investors jittery […]

France ‘to reduce troop presence’ in Sahel #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Paris to withdraw several hundred troops to make way for stronger European presence in conflict-hit region, sources say. Less than a year after sending hundreds of extra troops to the Sahel, France is hoping to cut back its military presence in the restive region to make room for a stronger European commitment, army sources say. […]