- --January 2013--
- 2013/01/31: BBC: Witness describes Mali forces 'executing' students
More evidence is emerging of alleged summary executions by Malian forces in the north of the country where French forces are completing their operations.
An eyewitness told BBC Newsnight he saw three Islamic students shot dead in a public place because they failed to show identity papers.
The Malian government has promised to investigate the allegations.
- 2013/01/31: Guardian(UK): [Letters] The dangers of intervention in Mali
- 2013/01/31: Guardian(UK): As Mali's Islamists retreat, Tuareg civilians fear vengeful army's reprisals
- 2013/01/31: Guardian(UK): Mali intervention: when former imperial powers step in
- 2013/01/31: Guardian(UK): France backs plan for UN peacekeeping force in Mali
- 2013/01/31: Guardian(UK): Eyewitness: Diabaly, Mali
- 2013/02/01: Asia Times: The Roving Eye - All that pivots is gold
- 2013/01/31: BBC: Mali militants 'in disarray' after French air strikes
Three weeks of French targeted air strikes in northern Mali have left Islamist militants "in disarray", France's defence minister has said.
Jean-Yves Le Drian said the jihadists had now scattered, marking a "turning-point" in France's intervention.
- 2013/01/30: BBC: French success in Mali may herald 'war of the shadows'
It is not exactly blitzkrieg in the desert, but French commanders can be well-pleased with the way their operation in Mali has played out so far.
This then is the war you can see. But there is potentially another war that as yet has really not been joined.
This could be a "war of the shadows" - bomb-attacks, raids, assassinations.
Islamist forces have simply melted away in the face of the French advance. But one concern is that they may take refuge in mountainous and inaccessible areas near to the country's porous borders, seeking to mount hit and run attacks to challenge the Malian authorities' control.
- 2013/01/31: WSWS: French military oversees power-sharing deal in Central African Republic
- 2013/01/31: al Jazeera: France calls for Mali peace talks
Following capture of Kidal, France calls for talks while government says it will only negotiate with secular groups.
- 2013/01/30: BBC: French troops in Mali take Kidal, last Islamist holdout
- 2013/01/30: Guardian(UK): Children of Diabaly: witnesses to the Malian war - in  pictures
- 2013/01/30: Guardian(UK): In Mali, military intervention is not enough by Kofi Annan
Throughout west Africa, organised crime and drug trafficking pose as great a threat as extremism
- 2013/01/30: Guardian(UK): Mali rebels hide as French troops drive past -- then return
- 2013/01/30: Guardian(UK): Mali conflict: French troops take control of Kidal airport
- 2013/01/30: EurActiv: EU leads global efforts to defuse the Sahel time bomb
The recently launched Global Alliance for Resilience Initiative (AGIR) is shaping up to be a major long-term EU-led strategy for Africa's fragile Sahel region. As a Commission official put it, if Europe would prove unable to prepare the next 20-25 years, it would then have to face the destabilisation potential of the region.
- 2013/01/30: EurActiv: EU ready to help Mali to rebuild its army
The European Union has a vital role to play in rebuilding Malian army that is badly paid, poorly equipped and seriously weakened by a year of defeats, the commander of a new EU military training mission said yesterday (29 January).
- 2013/01/30: ScienceInsider: Timbuktu Manuscripts Apparently Escaped Burning
- 2013/01/29: CCurrents: Mali Conflict: Hunger Haunts Millions
- 2013/01/28: CCurrents: Good Terrorist, Bad Terrorist
- 2013/01/30: CSM: French will 'quickly' exit Mali after mop up, leaving vacuum
- 2013/01/30: NorRe: Going To War -- Secretly
- 2013/01/28: DerSpiegel: 'Darker Sides': The Vast Islamist Sanctuary of 'Sahelistan'
France is advancing quickly against the Islamists in northern Mali, having already made it to Timbuktu. But the Sahel offers a vast sanctuary for the extremists, complete with training camps, lawlessness and plenty of ways to make money.
- 2013/01/28: DerSpiegel: Resisting Islamism: Life on the Front Lines in Mali
In mid-January, the strategic town of Konna in central Mali was on the front line of the conflict. First it was occupied by Islamist insurgents advancing towards the capital, then it was bombarded by a French air assault. The locals were caught in the crossfire.
- 2013/01/30: BBC: Mali conflict: France says its troops now in Kidal
- 2013/01/30: ABC(Au): French troops enter Mali's last rebel stronghold
- 2013/01/30: CBC: French troops retake [Kidal] last north Mali city held by Islamists
- 2013/01/30: WSWS: US secures drone base in Northwest Africa
- 2013/01/30: TStar: Canadian troops drawn into Mali’s war, despite what Prime Minister Stephen Harper says: Walkom
Now Canadian commandos are involved in a war the government says we're not waging.
- 2013/01/30: al Jazeera: Options in Mali? What options!
A deteriorating situation in Mali leaves the country with few options with which to extricate itself.
- 2013/01/30: al Jazeera: French troops enter Kidal in northern Mali
Forces said to have taken control of town's airport, after driving out al-Qaeda-linked fighters from Gao and Timbuktu.
- 2013/01/30: al Jazeera: Niger agrees to US drones on its territory
Agreement set to improve collection of intelligence on al-Qaeda-linked groups in northern Mali and the wider Sahara.
- 2013/01/28: NYT: U.S. Weighs Base for Spy Drones in North Africa
- 2013/01/30: Guardian(UK): UK intervention in Mali treads a familiar - and doomed - path
Does Mali pose an 'existential threat' to the UK? Hardly. Intervention will bring only more trouble
- 2013/01/29: Guardian(UK): US signs deal with Niger to operate military drones in west African state
- 2013/01/29: Guardian(UK): Ethnic tensions erupt as Mali troops hunt down suspected Islamists
Malian army soldiers in Timbuktu make little effort to stop looting of shops owned by Tuareg and Arab minorities
- 2013/01/29: Guardian(UK): Mali conflict: African and western nations pledge $450m for military force
- 2013/01/29: Guardian(UK): UK intervention in Mali is strategy for future, says defence secretary
Philip Hammond says Britain will devote more resources to help other weak states as fears of mission creep grow
- 2013/01/29: Guardian(UK): UK troops to be sent to Mali, Downing Street confirms
- 2013/01/27: SST: "French, Malians secure Timbuktu in rebel-held north" Reuters
- 2013/01/26: SST: French/Malian forces advance to the north
- 2013/01/29: BBC: The UK is to deploy about 330 military personnel to Mali and West Africa to support French forces, No 10 has said
- 2013/01/29: BBC: Mali conflict: Donor conference raises $455m
- 2013/01/29: CBC: Canada to provide $13M more for Mali aid -- Canadian contribution part of $453M US raised at African Union donor conference
- 2013/01/29: CBC: Malian, French forces retake Timbuktu from Islamists
Tuareg group says it will fight terror organizations in the north
As French and Malian soldiers held control of the fabled desert city of Timbuktu following the retreat of Islamist extremists, Tuareg fighters claimed today that they control the strategic city of Kidal and other northern towns.
The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad - the Tuareg group's name for northern Mali — appears to have taken advantage of a French-led bombing and ground campaign to dislodge al-Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters from the towns in northern Mali.
- 2013/01/29: WSWS: Britain, US escalate war aid as France advances into northern Mali
- 2013/01/29: al Jazeera: Donors pledge millions for war-torn Mali
About $600m promised to support military operations and humanitarian aid after capture of Timbuktu by French-led forces.
- 2013/01/27: al Jazeera: Mali journalists despair over 'invisible war'
Reporters struggle to work as travel bans are enforced and official information, such as death tolls, are not released.
- 2013/01/28: Guardian(UK): British troops to join Mali mission
David Cameron says UK will support French mission to drive Islamists out but insists forces will not engage in combat
- 2013/01/28: Guardian(UK): Destruction of Timbuktu manuscripts is an offence against the whole of Africa
This was an assault on world heritage comparable with the demolition of the Buddhas of Bamiyan by the Taliban in 2001
- 2013/01/28: Guardian(UK): Timbuktu mayor: Mali rebels torched library of historic manuscripts
Fleeing Islamist insurgents burnt two buildings containing priceless books as French-led troops approached, says mayor
- 2013/01/28: Guardian(UK): Ahmed Baba library in Timbuktu torched by Islamists in  pictures
Malian Islamist rebels set fire to a library at the Ahmed Baba Institute of Islamic Advanced Studies and Research in Timbuktu. The library contained about 20,000 thousands priceless manuscripts
- 2013/01/28: Guardian(UK): David Cameron offers France further help in Mali campaign
- 2013/01/28: Guardian(UK): Timbuktu library -- a treasure house of centuries of Malian history
Famous manuscripts mainly date back from 14th to 16th centuries when city was hub for trade and Islamic knowledge
- 2013/01/28: BBC: French-led troops in Mali have entered the historic city of Timbuktu, French and Malian military sources say
- 2013/01/28: CBC: Mali Islamists torch Timbuktu library ahead of army advance
French and Malian forces seize airport, roads leading to hub of Islamic learning
Islamist extremists torched a library containing historic manuscripts in Timbuktu, the mayor said Monday, as French and Malian forces closed in on Mali's fabled desert city.
Ousmane Halle said he heard about the burnings early Monday.
"It's truly alarming that this has happened," he told The Associated Press by telephone from Mali's capital, Bamako, on Monday. "They torched all the important ancient manuscripts. The ancient books of geography and science. It is the history of Timbuktu, of its people."
- 2013/01/28: al Jazeera: French-led troops seize northern Timbuktu
Ground troops and paratroopers seize part of Malian city, and its airport, in overnight operation.
- 2013/01/26: Wired:DR: Mali Militants Shift Up Tactics As France’s War Coalition Grows
- 2013/01/27: BBC: Mali conflict: French and Malian troops move on Timbuktu
- 2013/01/27: Guardian(UK): Mali conflict - in  pictures
- 2013/01/27: Guardian(UK): Mali rebels melt away in face of French advance
- 2013/01/27: Guardian(UK): US military sending air tankers to refuel French jets over Mali
- 2013/01/27: Guardian(UK): Mali conflict: French and Malian troops begin restoring control in Timbuktu
- 2013/01/27: Guardian(UK): French and Malian forces approach Timbuktu
- 2013/01/23: Asia Times: The Roving Eye -- War on terror forever by Pepe Escobar
And the winner of the Oscar for Best Sequel of 2013 goes to... The Global War on Terror (GWOT), a Pentagon production. Abandon all hope those who thought the whole thing was over with the cinematographic snuffing out of "Geronimo", aka Osama bin Laden, further reduced to a fleeting cameo in the torture-enabling flick Zero Dark Thirty.
It's now official - coming from the mouth of the lion, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, and duly posted at the AFRICOM site, the Pentagon's weaponized African branch.
Exit "historical" al-Qaeda, holed up somewhere in the Waziristans, in the Pakistani tribal areas; enter al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). In Dempsey's words, AQIM "is a threat not only to the country of Mali, but the region, and if... left unaddressed, could in fact become a global threat."
With Mali now elevated to the status of a "threat" to the whole world, GWOT is proven to be really open-ended. The Pentagon doesn't do irony; when, in the early 2000s, armchair warriors coined the expression "The Long War", they really meant it.
- 2013/01/26: Guardian(UK): French forces in northern Mali take control of Gao airport
- 2013/01/26: Guardian(UK): Mali's ancient treasures are too valuable to be buried again
The ancient manuscripts of Timbuktu are a door into Africa's golden age. We must not let this crisis threaten their survival
- 2013/01/26: Guardian(UK): French troops in Mali take Gao airport from Islamist rebels
- 2013/01/21: GreenLeft: France launches Mali war for resources
- 2013/01/25: CCurrents: How Washington Helped Foster The Islamist Uprising In Mali
- 2012/12/01: NewInt: How Washington helped foster the Islamist uprising in Mali
- 2013/01/26: CSM: French push north, seize key airport and bridge in Mali
- 2013/01/25: Rabble: Reports of war atrocities in Mali grow as France and allies settle in for a long war
- 2013/01/25: flc: Mali slams Qatar, Egypt & Tunisia for supporting al-Qaeda' like elements
- 2013/01/25: flc: After Military Intelligence, French MPs accuse: 'Qatar is financing al Qaeda in Mali'
- 2013/01/25: Asia Times: Russia, China grapple with Mali's future by M K Bhadrakumar
- 2013/01/26: Asia Times: The Roving Eye -- Zero Dark Mali
- 2013/01/26: BBC: Mali: French-led soldiers in control of Gao airport
- 2013/01/26: al Jazeera: Mali's 'war without images'
As violence in Mali continues, we examine why journalists are finding it increasingly difficult to cover the story.
- 2013/01/26: al Jazeera: Troops seize another town in northern Mali
French and African troops take control of Hombori as they advance towards rebel stronghold of Gao.
- 2013/01/25: BBC: Mali crisis: Troops 'take northern town of Hombori'
- 2013/01/25: Guardian(UK): Malian government says war will be over in days
- 2013/01/25: al Jazeera: Mali troops push towards Gao after air raids
French and Malian troops stage joint patrols for first time in east as they prepare for fresh offensive against rebels.
- 2013/01/25: UN: Crisis in Mali having far-reaching impact on rest of West Africa, warns UN envoy
- 2013/01/21: BBC: Mali crisis: Relief in Diabaly as French forces roll in
- 2013/01/24: BBC: Mali crisis: Key players
- 2013/01/22: BBC: The rise of Islamist militants in the Sahara
- 2013/01/25: BBC: Mali crisis: US admits mistakes in training local troops
The US military commander in Africa says the Pentagon made mistakes in its training of Malian troops now trying to oust Islamists from the north.
Gen Carter Ham of United States Africa Command (Africom) said its forces had failed to train Malian troops on "values, ethics and a military ethos".
- 2013/01/24: CBC: Canada extends C-17 mission to Mali through Feb. 15 -- Initial commitment was for 1 transport plane for 1 week, with no direct combat
- 2013/01/25: CBC: French, Malian forces push towards extremist stronghold -- Joint operation aims to retake rebel-controlled northern Mali
Mali's military and French forces have pushed toward the Islamic extremist stronghold in the city of Gao, in their farthest push east since launching an operation two weeks ago to retake land controlled by the rebels, residents and a security official said Friday.
The soldiers were seen in the town of Hombori, according to residents, who said the troops stayed several hours before heading back westward.
"They were in eight all-terrain vehicles and two armoured vehicles," said Maouloud Daou, a resident of Hombori . "They asked us if there were Islamists in the town and we told them they had left. People were very happy to see the Malian and French military."
A security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists, confirmed the advance.
- 2013/01/25: WSWS: Australia: Government and media endorse French intervention in Mali
- 2013/01/25: WSWS: France sends troops to secure Niger uranium mines
- 2013/01/24: al Jazeera: New Mali rebel faction calls for negotiations
Fighters who say they split from al-Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Dine seeks talks to end the French-led offensive in the north.
- 2013/01/24: BBC: Mali conflict: Army probes summary executions claim
- 2013/01/24: Guardian(UK): Mali rebel splinter group says it is ready for talks
- 2013/01/24: BBC: Mali's Ansar Dine Islamists 'split and want talks'
[Alghabass Ag Intalla is an ethnic Tuareg from the strategic town of Kidal]
One of the Islamist groups fighting in northern Mali has split and wants dialogue, a statement from the faction seen by the AFP news agency says.
Islamic Movement for Azawad said it was splitting from Ansar Dine, and "rejects all forms of extremism and terrorism".
According to the statement, the group is headed by Alghabass Ag Intalla, an important Ansar Dine leader and influential figure in Kidal.
France sent troops to Mali earlier this month to halt a militant advance.
It said al-Qaeda linked Islamists - some of whom were foreigners - threatened to turn Mali into a "terrorist state".
Mali's main Islamist militants
For the last 10 months, three main Islamist groups have controlled northern Mali, where they have imposed strict Islamic law.
Along with secular Tuareg rebels they took advantage of chaos after a military coup to seize an area of the Sahara Desert larger than France.
But the Islamists soon took control of the major towns, sidelining the Tuaregs.
- Ansar Dine - home-grown movement with a number of Tuareg fighters who returned from Libya after fighting alongside Muammar Gaddafi's troops. Reports of split and formation of Islamic Movement for Azawad calling for peace talks
- Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) - al-Qaeda's North African wing, with roots in Algeria
- Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao) - an AQIM splinter group whose aim is to spread jihad to the whole of West Africa
- Signed-in-Blood Battalion - a recent AQIM offshoot committed to a global jihad and responsible for Algerian gas facility siege
- 2013/01/23: CBC: What Canada is doing in Mali
West African nation has been a 'country of focus' for CIDA since 2009, but aid links to Canada go back decades
- 2013/01/24: WSWS: Canada to expand support for French imperialism’s war on Mali
- 2013/01/24: WSWS: Reports of atrocities emerge as France escalates Mali war
- 2013/01/23: al Jazeera: France continues northern Mali airstrikes
Rebel fighters withdraw from their positions in the north under heavy fire, according to local residents.
- 2013/01/24: al Jazeera: Mali army accused of 'summary executions'
Mali's army seals off central town amid allegations that some of its soldiers had been involved in revenge killings.
- 2013/01/23: BBC: Mali conflict: Troops accused of 'summary executions'
- 2013/01/23: Guardian(UK): Clinton demands US takes lead to combat 'jihadist threat' in north Africa
- 2013/01/22: TRN: French Intervention in Mali Violates UN Resolution; Root of Crisis Marginalization of the North
- 2013/01/21: DerSpiegel: 'Lion of the Desert': Ex-Partner of Germany Leads Malian Islamists
The man at the center of the fight against Islamists in northern Mali has an unexpected history with Germany. In 2003 he was crucial in facilitating a ransom payment to secure the release of German tourists held hostage in Algeria.
- 2013/01/21: DerSpiegel: Ivory Coast Leader: 'Germany Should Also Send Troops to Mali'
In an interview, Alassane Ouattara, president of the Ivory Coast and chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), urges Germany's leaders to engage more in the fight against Islamists in northern Mali. In addition to logistical aid, Berlin should also send troops, he argues.
- 2013/01/21: DerSpiegel: 'Gates of Hell': Mali Conflict Opens New Front in War on Terror
France has found early success in its fight against Islamist extremists in northern Mali. But Saharan terrorist groups have close ties and are prepared for a prolonged battle. The hostage crisis in Algeria shows that the new front in the war on terror could become a protracted conflict.
- 2013/01/22: DerSpiegel: Germany Abroad: 'Mealy-Mouthed' Foreign Policy Angers Allies
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is intent on keeping his country out of military operations in Mali. But his insistence on playing the role of peacemaker is increasingly frustrating Berlin's allies. Many in Berlin are likewise unimpressed.
- 2013/01/23: CBC: U.S. transport of French forces to Mali may last 2 weeks -- Troops from Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso and Senegal joining French-led intervention
- 2013/01/23: WSWS: Imperialism plans “decades of war” in Africa
- 2013/01/23: al Jazeera: French and Malian troops push northward
Soldiers plan to move on the city of Hombori after seizing three strategic towns in central Mali.
- 2013/01/22: BBC: The US military has begun airlifting French soldiers and equipment to Mali to support their operation against Islamist militants
- 2013/01/22: Guardian(UK): Mali: the fastest blowback yet in this disastrous war on terror
French intervention in Mali will fuel terrorism, but the west's buildup in Africa is also driven by the struggle for resources
- 2013/01/22: Guardian(UK): UK special forces active in Mali
- 2013/01/22: Guardian(UK): Mali: five key facts about the conflict
Media coverage of the war in the Sahel region often fails to supply some essential material. Here's what you need to know
- 2013/01/22: CNN: United States, Italy lend support for French in Mali
U.S. military planes airlift French troops and equipment to Bamako - Italy's parliament approves logistical support and military trainers -
Dozens of French armored fighting vehicles head toward northern Mali - Malian forces recaptured the towns of Diabaly and Douentza on Monday
- 2013/01/22: UN: Military and political tracks must proceed together to resolve Mali crisis - UN officials
- 2013/01/22: uComics: (cartoon - Danziger) Worries at the Pentagon
- 2013/01/22: BBC: UK to consider boosting French Mali operation support
- 2013/01/22: CBC: Malian troops take control of strategic town Douentza -- Area had been under extreme Islamist rule for months
Malian forces today controlled the strategic town that was under extreme Islamist rule for four months, as the French-led military intervention pushed northward in its second week.
Douentza had been the outer edge of Islamist rebel control until the militants surged southward earlier this month. While far from the capital, Douentza is only 190 kilometres northeast from Mopti, which marks the line-of-control held by the Malian military.
On Monday, French and Malian troops arrived in Douentza to find that the Islamists already had retreated from the town, local adviser Sali Maiga told The Associated Press.
- 2013/01/22: WSWS: Imperialist powers escalate war in Mali
- 2013/01/22: WSWS: French Left Front promotes war in Mali
- 2013/01/21: Guardian(UK): UK to shift focus of terrorism fight to al-Qaida offshoots in north Africa
- 2013/01/21: Guardian(UK): Cameron rhetoric on Al-Qaida in Africa could backfire
- 2013/01/21: Guardian(UK): Mali: French hunt fugitive rebels after seizing Diabaly from Islamists
- 2013/01/21: Guardian(UK): West overlooked risk of Libya weapons reaching Mali, says expert
- 2013/01/21: Guardian(UK): French and Malian troops enter Diabaly after jihadists retreat
- 2013/01/18: AfricaConfidential: Mali -- Taking the fight to the desert
- UTexasLibrary: Mali Maps
- 2013/01/19: SST: Escobar on the Mali War
- 2013/01/17: SST: "Some Hostages Killed, but Raid Rescues Many, Algeria Says" NY Times
- 2013/01/21: BBC: A South African court has found Nigerian militant leader Henry Okah guilty of masterminding the 2010 car bombing which killed 12 people
- 2013/01/21: BBC: Mali conflict: French troops 'seize' Islamist towns
French and Malian troops have seized the key Malian towns of Diabaly and Douentza from militant Islamists, the French defence minister has said.
- 2013/01/21: CBC: French forces seize control of key Malian town
Militants reported to have fled Diabaly following days of airstrikes by French forces
- 2013/01/21: WSWS: Algeria hostage crisis ends in bloodbath
- 2013/01/20: ChronicleHerald: Canada’s response to Mali crisis inexplicable, contradictory
- 2013/01/21: al Jazeera: Algeria warns hostage death toll to worsen
At least 48 hostages believed to have been killed at Sahara gas plant, with as many as 20 workers still unaccounted for.
- 2013/01/21: al Jazeera: French and Malian troops enter Diabaly
Troops take key town with little resistance from rebel fighters as troops from Chad arrive in Mali.
- 2013/01/20: al Jazeera: French jets strike northern Mali towns
Bombardment of rebels strongholds come as Russia and Canada "offer" logistical support to French and African troops.
- 2013/01/20: BBC: Cameron: North Africa terrorist threat 'could last decades'
David Cameron has warned the Algerian hostage crisis could be the start of a decades-long battle against Islamist terrorism in north Africa.
- 2013/01/20: BBC: France's military aim in Mali is its "total reconquest", French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said
- 2013/01/21: ABC(Au): Militants 'captured alive' at Algerian gas plant
Algerian security officials say the army has captured five militants involved in the attack on the In Amenas gas complex, as more stories of survival emerge from the Sahara Desert siege.
As security forces worked to make the plant safe from booby traps, they say they found five kidnappers still alive, while three others are still at large.
There are also unconfirmed reports that 25 more bodies have been found at the plant, but it is unclear whether they are those of hostages or militants.
Foreign governments are still trying to determine who survived and who died during the four-day ordeal.
- 2013/01/20: CBC: Canada evacuates Mali embassy staff amid fighting -- Canadians urged to get out of Mali
- 2013/01/20: CBC: Death toll at raided Algerian gas plant rises to 81 -- Teams search for explosives laid by militants
- 2013/01/20: Guardian(UK): British survivors of Algeria siege return home with tales of escape
- 2013/01/20: Guardian(UK): David Cameron calls for 'global response' after Algerian hostage crisis
Prime minister warns of 'decades' of struggle against terrorism in north Africa after six Britons and a UK resident are killed
- 2013/01/20: Guardian(UK): David Cameron: fight against terrorism in north Africa may last decades
- 2013/01/20: Guardian(UK): French forces advance towards northern Mali
- 2013/01/20: Guardian(UK): Algeria hostage crisis over after further casualties
- 2013/01/19: BBC: Algeria crisis: Captors and hostages die in assault
- 2013/01/20: ABC(Au): Algerian gas plant siege ends in bloodshed
- 2013/01/19: CBC: Rebels leave Malian town after French airstrikes -- Canada relocates some diplomats in Mali, urges Canadians to leave country
- 2013/01/19: Guardian(UK): Terrorism is just one of many scourges to beset the people of Mali for decades
- 2013/01/19: Guardian(UK): Mali's army suspected of abuses and unlawful killings as war rages
- 2013/01/19: al Jazeera: Algerian military raid 'ends hostage crisis'
Reports say seven hostages among the dead as special forces raid installation in the desert, killing 11 captors.
The Algerian government says 32 militants and 23 captives have been killed during the three-day military operation to end the hostage crisis at a natural gas plant in the Sahara.
The provisional death toll was issued by the Interior Ministry on Saturday after the special forces operation crushed the last holdout of the militants at the gas refinery, resulting in 11 extremists killed along with seven hostages.
A total of 685 Algerian and 107 foreigner workers were freed over the course of the standoff, which began on Wednesday, the statement added.
- 2013/01/19: al Jazeera: W African leaders urge global support on Mali
ECOWAS bloc holds meeting in Ivory Coast as France asks African nations to join fight against Ansar al-Dine-led rebels.
- 2013/01/19: al Jazeera: France in Mali: The longue durée of imperial blowback
The current crisis in Mali is a product of French colonialism, and their intervention will sadly create more blowback.
- 2013/01/19: BBerg: Algeria Gas Plant Seizure Ends as Militants, Hostages Die
- 2013/01/19: CCurrents: France Escalates Mali War
- 2013/01/19: CCurrents: Algeria Conflict: 48 Including 34 Hostages Killed
- 2013/01/17: CCurrents: France Launches Ground Offensive In Mali
- 2013/01/18: Rabble: France launches bombing of northern Mali, with Canadian support
- 2013/01/18: DemNow: "Unintended Consequences of Military Intervention": Roots of Mali, Algeria Crisis Tied to Libya War
- 2013/01/19: Guardian(UK):GG: Brookings' Bruce Riedel urges intensified US support for Saudi despots
Every now and then, leading mavens of the Foreign Policy Community have an uncharacteristic outburst of candor
- 2013/01/19: Asia Times: The Roving Eye -- Burn, burn - Africa's Afghanistan
One's got to love the sound of a Frenchman's Mirage 2000 fighter jet in the morning. Smells like... a delicious neo-colonial breakfast in Hollandaise sauce. Make it quagmire sauce.
Apparently, it's a no-brainer. Mali holds 15.8 million people - with a per capita gross domestic product of only around US$1,000 a year and average life expectancy of only 51 years - in a territory twice the size of France (per capital GDP $35,000 and upwards). Now almost two-thirds of this territory is occupied by heavily weaponized Islamist outfits. What next? Bomb, baby, bomb.
- 2013/01/17: DerSpiegel: Germany's Mali Predicament: Trapped Between France and War
Germany is eager to prove it is a reliable ally, particularly after it snubbed France and stayed out of Libya. Wary of getting pulled into the violence in Mali, it has instead offered two planes to transport troops.
- 2013/01/18: DerSpiegel: Europe's Challenge: A Terrorist Homeland in North Africa
Dozens of hostages have reportedly been killed after Algerian forces attempted a rescue operation at a natural gas complex overtaken by Islamist gunmen. The incident demonstrates the brutality and determination with which militant Islamists in North Africa operate, just a short plane ride south of European soil.
- 2013/01/19: BBC: Algeria hostage-takers 'surrounded at In Amenas plant'
- 2013/01/19: BBC: France's Fabius says Africa 'must' send troops to Mali
West African leaders have been told they must "pick up the baton" in the military offensive to drive Islamist insurgents out of Mali.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said France had been obliged to send in troops "very, very rapidly otherwise there would be no more Mali".
But he has told a meeting in the Ivory Coast that the deployment of African soldiers is now a priority.
- 2013/01/19: ABC(Au): French forces advance in Mali as conflict steps up
- 2013/01/19: CBC: Algeria hostage standoff at gas plant enters 4th day -- Canadian reported to be among hostage-takers
- 2013/01/19: WSWS: Standoff continues in Algerian hostage crisis
- 2013/01/16: EmbassyMag: Harper, the reluctant warrior
The government's approach so far to the Malian crisis shows the man who used to castigate Jean Chrétien’s Liberals for their mealy-mouthed approach to the war on terror now sounds a lot like...Jean Chrétien.
- 2013/01/15: EmbassyMag: How France pulled diplomatic strings to get Canada’s aircraft
- 2013/01/19: G&M: Entering Mali is easy, exiting, not so much
The timing could not be worse; the country could hardly be less known; the internal complexities more intractable; the terrain more vast and forbidding; in short, intervention by Western countries in Mali would be fraught with problems.
Hand the average Canadian (or American) a map of the world and say, "point to Mali." The results would quite likely not be pretty. Far away geographically, Mali is just as far away intellectually from people in this part of the world. What national interest, Canadians might inquire, must be defended in that place?
- 2013/01/18: TStar: Mali crisis sees Canada being drawn into another war: Walkom
Slowly, inexorably, Canada and the world are being drawn into Mali.
The wise people say intervention is necessary. They say we must prevent the West African nation from becoming a springboard for terrorist attacks on Europe.
The wise people almost always say intervention is necessary. Fifty years ago, equally wise people urged intervention in Vietnam to prevent what was then called the "domino effect" -- the fall of Southeast Asia to Communism.
We all know where that went.
- 2013/01/19: al Jazeera: Several missing in Algeria hostage crisis
Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen say they still hold seven foreigners, as fate of at least 30 gas plant workers remains unknown.
- 2013/01/19: al Jazeera: Mali refugees recount 'horrific abuses'
Witnesses describe executions, amputations and use of child soldiers, as UN warns of up to 700,000 more refugees.
- 2013/01/19: al Jazeera: West African leaders gather for Mali summit
Ivory Coast meeting aims to fast-track deployment of African troops to aid French-backed offensive against Mali rebels.
- 2013/01/18: Guardian(UK): Algerian hostage crisis: last group of jihadists hold out in gas plant
Up to 10 militants have retreated into machine room armed with explosives. It is unclear how many hostages they still hold
- 2013/01/18: Guardian(UK): One American dead in Algerian hostage crisis, AP reports - as it happened
- 2013/01/18: Guardian(UK): US confirms one American hostage killed in Algeria attack
- 2013/01/18: Guardian(UK): Mali conflict sparks fears of humanitarian crisis
- 2013/01/18: Guardian(UK): Mali will be a milestone for Africa
- 2013/01/18: Guardian(UK): David Cameron puts Algeria and Mali crises ahead of EU speech
- 2013/01/18: Guardian(UK): Mali conflict sparks fears of humanitarian crisis
- 2013/01/18: BBC: Mali army 'regains Konna' as Nigerian troops arrive
- 2013/01/18: BBC: Hostage siege at Algeria gas plant not over
- 2013/01/18: BBC: Algeria hostage crisis: Britons still 'at risk'
- 2013/01/18: CBC: Algeria hostage crisis 'ongoing,' British foreign office says -- British PM David Cameron warns nation to brace for bad news
- 2013/01/18: CBC: War-torn Mali town inaccessible to aid officials -- UN warns 700,000 civilians could be displaced by conflict
- 2013/01/18: WSWS: France escalates Mali war amid Algerian hostage crisis
- 2013/01/18: al Jazeera: US officially recognises Somalia government
Washington had not recognised a Somali government since warlords toppled dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.
- 2013/01/18: al Jazeera: Uncertainty over missing Algeria hostages
Fate of hostages unclear after reports that at least 30 were killed in military operation that ended a 36-hour standoff.
- 2013/01/18: al Jazeera: US to provide French air transport in Mali
Hillary Clinton confirms US transport role as West African forces arrive in Bamako to support French and Malian troops.
- 2013/01/17: BBC: Algeria siege: 'Victims' as army tries to free hostages
- 2013/01/17: BBC: US officially recognises Somalia's government
- 2013/01/17: Guardian(UK): Algeria: hostages feared dead after troops storm jihadists at gas field
- 2013/01/17: Guardian(UK): Algeria: many hostages feared dead as special forces move in
- 2013/01/17: Guardian(UK): Algeria spills more blood
The violent end to this standoff is only the start of a new chapter in the country's savage history
- 2013/01/17: Guardian(UK): Irish hostage's family 'over the moon' at his release in Algeria
- 2013/01/17: Guardian(UK): Gas plant raid puts spotlight on Algerian military
- 2013/01/17: Guardian(UK): Fears for hostages as Algeria attacks gas complex - as it happened
- 2013/01/17: Guardian(UK): David Cameron cancels EU speech amid Algerian hostage crisis
- 2013/01/17: Guardian(UK): Mali: how did it come to this? by Jason Burke
- 2013/01/17: Guardian(UK): Mali Islamist rebels draw closer to capital Bamako
- 2013/01/17: Guardian(UK): Mali and the ICC: what lessons can be learned from previous investigations?
- 2013/01/17: Guardian(UK): Mr Marlboro: the jihadist [Mokhtar Belmokhtar] back from the 'dead' to launch Algerian gas field raid
- 2013/01/17: Guardian(UK): Mali refugees flee across borders as fighting blocks humanitarian aid
- 2013/01/17: Guardian(UK): EU set to back French war in Mali
- 2013/01/17: EurActiv: In Mali, EU sees pressing need for long-term aid
While France is engaged in a war with jihadists in Mali, EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels today (17 January) are expected to insist on the bloc's longer-term role, saying they will unfreeze development aid money as soon as the country commits to an election roadmap.
- 2013/01/17: EurActiv: Algerian hostage crisis looms over EU meeting
On the eve of an EU foreign ministers meeting today (17 January) dedicated to the Mali conflict, an al-Qaeda-linked group seized 41 Westerners at an Algerian gas plant, saying that French President François Hollande had opened ‘the gates of hell’ with his operation in neighbouring Mali.
- 2013/01/17: al Jazeera: Hollande: hostage crisis justifies Mali raids
French president says crisis justifies Mali intervention as French contingent in former colony reaches 1,400.
- 2013/01/17: al Jazeera: Dozens of hostages 'killed' in Algeria
Military raid to free foreigners seized at desert gas plant reportedly leaves 34 hostages and 15 kidnappers dead.
- 2013/01/17: EUO: EU ministers 'welcome' French air strikes in Mali
- 2013/01/16: CSM: France gets deeper in Mali war: Are they ready?
- 2013/01/17: BBC: Algeria siege: Hostages 'escape Islamist captors'
A number of hostages have escaped the Islamist militants who took them captive at a gas facility in eastern Algeria, media and officials say.
Details of the escape and the numbers involved remain unclear, but some 30-40 Algerians and 15-25 foreign nationals were reported to have escaped.
The militants earlier said they were holding 41 foreign nationals.
- 2013/01/17: CBC: West Africans to join fight in Mali -- France has begun ground operations in territory occupied by radical Islamists
- 2013/01/17: CBC: 20 foreigners escape captors at Algerian gas plant
Militants attacked natural gas complex 1,300 kilometers south of Algiers on Wednesday
- 2013/01/17: WSWS: France launches ground offensive in Mali
- 2013/01/16: G&M: France’s Hollande presses PM for more Canadian help in Mali
- 2013/01/17: al Jazeera: Algerian army surrounds hostage-takers
Troops surround gas facility where dozens of workers are held by fighters demanding an end to French operations in Mali.
- 2013/01/16: BBC: Algeria troops 'in face-off' with militant hostage-takers
Algerian troops have surrounded a gas facility in Algeria, where some 20 foreign workers are being held hostage by Islamist militants, officials say.
- 2013/01/16: Guardian(UK): Algeria hostage crisis sparks fears of escalation across region
- 2013/01/16: Guardian(UK): US denounces 'terrorist' act after militants seize Algerian gas plant
- 2013/01/16: Guardian(UK): Mali: a rising tide of refugees and wounded
Mali government troops' struggle with insurgent Islamists for control of the north is taking its toll on civilians
- 2013/01/16: Guardian(UK): French forces fighting 'hand-to-hand' in Diabaly
- 2013/01/16: Guardian(UK): Two killed after militants take western contractors hostage in Algeria raid
Two Islamist groups claim responsibility for attack as Norwegian, Japanese and Irish embassies confirm citizens' capture
- 2013/01/16: Guardian(UK): Mali militants: who's who among Islamist rebels
- 2013/01/16: Guardian(UK): Why Malians are welcoming French intervention with open arms
- 2013/01/16: Guardian(UK): Foreign worker killed and seven missing in raid on BP in Algeria
- 2013/01/16: Guardian(UK): Mali's rebels hold the advantage in a ground war on desert plains
- 2013/01/16: Guardian(UK): Mali: French troops in direct combat with insurgents 'within hours'
- 2013/01/16: CCurrents: France Continues To Bomb Mali As Islamist Opposition Forces Advance
- 2013/01/13: CCurrents: The U.S. Military Swarms Over Africa
- 2013/01/15: DemNow: Admin Aids French Bombing of Mali After U.S.-Trained Forces Join Rebels in Uranium-Rich Region
- 2013/01/16: DerSpiegel: Hollande's War -- French Preparing for Extended Mali Intervention
Initially, the French intervention in Mali looked as though it would be over quickly. But President Hollande has vowed to drive out Islamist extremists and establish democracy in the country. As in Afghanistan, the operation could take much longer than expected.
- 2013/01/16: BBC: Mali conflict: French 'fighting Islamists in Diabaly'
- 2013/01/16: CBC: French forces in Mali launch ground offensive
- 2013/01/16: WSWS: France continues to bomb Mali as Islamist opposition forces advance
- 2013/01/16: TStar: Prime Minister Stephen Harper grudgingly tiptoes into Mali’s civil war: Walkom
- 2013/01/16: al Jazeera: France 'hours away' from direct Mali combat
French soldiers heading north towards rebel strongholds, as Nigeria deploys about 200 troops to take part in conflict.
- 2013/01/15: BBC: Mali conflict: Second RAF cargo aircraft leaves Paris
- 2013/01/15: BBC: France military says Mali town Konna 'not recaptured'
- 2013/01/14: ChronicleHerald: How Canada helped al-Qaida in Mali
- 2013/01/15: Guardian(UK): Mali: who is doing what?
- 2013/01/15: Guardian(UK): François Hollande pledges to fight until Islamist rebels in Mali are wiped out
- 2013/01/15: Guardian(UK): Mali music ban by Islamists 'crushing culture to impose rule'
- 2013/01/15: Guardian(UK): Mali civilians describe their plight as city of Ségou becomes war's frontline
- 2013/01/15: Guardian(UK): Mali's crisis caused by development failures, not military aid
- 2013/01/15: Guardian(UK): France expected to more than triple Mali troop numbers
- 2013/01/15: Guardian(UK): Mali: the danger of mission creep on al-Qaida's new frontier
- 2013/01/15: Guardian(UK): Mali: France facing a formidable enemy
- 2013/01/15: Guardian(UK): France pushes on with Mali air strikes
- 2013/01/15: al Jazeera: African troops set for deployment in Mali
Announcement comes as Hollande says France will end intervention only when stability returns to West African country.
- 2013/01/15: CSM: Mali rebel fighters better prepared than first thought: French officials
- 2013/01/15: BBC: Mali conflict: West African troops to arrive 'in days'
- 2013/01/15: CBC: Mali bombardments by French last throughout night
- 2013/01/15: WSWS: Hands off Mali!
- 2013/01/15: al Jazeera: Don't make the same anti-terrorism mistakes in Mali
Balancing the interests of stakeholders in the Malian polity will be difficult, however some key steps should be taken.
- 2013/01/15: al Jazeera: French forces bomb rebel-held Mali town
United Nations Security Council backs French intervention in West African country, as rebels launch counteroffensive.
- 2013/01/15: al Jazeera: France to increase troops in Mali invasion
The European country is expected to send 2,500 troops to Mali for a military invasion against rebels in the north.
- 2013/01/14: BBC: All members of the UN Security Council have backed France's military intervention in Mali to fight Islamist rebels...
- 2013/01/14: Guardian(UK): Mali conflict: France has opened gates of hell, say rebels
- 2013/01/14: Guardian(UK): Malian rebels overrun garrison town and advance towards capital
- 2013/01/14: Guardian(UK): UK plane delayed on way to support French military action in Mali
- 2013/01/14: Guardian(UK):GG: The bombing of Mali highlights all the lessons of western intervention
- 2013/01/14: CBC: Canada sending C-17 transport plane to help allies in Mali
- 2013/01/14: al Jazeera: Mali rebels advance despite French airstrikes
Al-Qaeda-linked rebels overrun garrison of Diabaly in central Mali after fierce fighting with French and Malian troops.
- 2013/01/14: EUO: Germany to offer 'logistical' support to Mali mission
- 2013/01/13: SST: Système D in the Land of Azawad - TTG
- 2013/01/14: BBC: Islamist fighters in Mali have seized a town in government-controlled territory amid a military intervention by France
- 2013/01/14: CBC: Mali insurgents grab more territory -- Garrison village overrun in central part of country
- 2013/01/13: PostMedia: Canada to help Mali's military
Mali's president says Canada has agreed to provide military logistical support to his country as African nations start preparing for a mission in that country against al-Qaeda-linked rebels and French and Malian forces continue their attack against the well-armed jihadists.
Canadian troops from Petawawa still plan to train African soldiers starting next month in Mauritania, although it is now possible that many of the personnel they are to instruct could soon be heading into battle in Mali.
- 2013/01/13: TStar: French planes bomb north Mali city of Gao as more countries join battle against Islamists
- 2013/01/14: al Jazeera: What is France risking in Mali?
We ask if there is French support for the campaign in West Africa amid rebels' warning it could be France's Afghanistan.
- 2013/01/14: al Jazeera: Making sense of Mali's armed groups
Al-Qaeda gets the most attention, but local groups and ethnic fighters are part of a complicated mix of instability.
- 2013/01/14: al Jazeera: France says Mali operation will be swift
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says military operation in its former colony will be completed within weeks.
- 2013/01/13: al Jazeera: France tightens security after Mali offensive
President Francois Hollande says domestic security to be stepped up as his country battles al-Qaeda-linked groups.
- 2013/01/13: BBC: France Rafale jets target Gao in eastern Mali
- 2013/01/13: Guardian(UK): Mali crisis: militants killed as French fighter jets pound rebel camps
French defence ministry confirms reports of Islamist deaths, together with at least 11 civilians including three children
- 2013/01/12: Guardian(UK): Britain to send aircraft to Mali to assist French fight against rebels
- 2013/01/12: CSM: France pushes back Mali rebels with airstrikes
- 2013/01/11: DerSpiegel: Crisis in Mali -- West Scrambles to Counter Islamist Offensive
France led the West on Friday in offering to help Mali's interim government push back a surprise offensive launched Thursday by Islamist forces from the north. Elite French troops are reportedly already on the ground.
- 2013/01/12: BBC: French troops continue operation against Mali Islamists
French forces have continued to launch air strikes against Islamist militants in Mali and sent troops to protect the capital, Bamako.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said army units had attacked a column of rebels heading towards the central town of Mopti.
He also revealed that a French pilot had been killed in fighting on Friday.
The French troops deployed on Friday after Mali's army lost control of a strategically important town.
Mali's government said its forces had recaptured the town, Konna, after the air strikes, but it was not clear if all Islamist fighters had left the area.
- 2013/01/12: CBC: French troops drive back Mali rebels -- Operation follows Islamist offensive
- 2013/01/12: al Jazeera: French troops help Mali retake captured town
Rebels driven out of town of Konna after France launches air strikes to halt advances by fighters.
- 2013/01/11: BBC: Mali and France 'push back Islamists'
- 2013/01/11: CBC: France launches airstrikes in Mali -- Mali's president declares state of emergency as militants push toward government-held territory
- 2013/01/11: Guardian(UK): French troops arrive in Mali to stem rebel advance
- 2013/01/11: Guardian(UK): France's move into Mali follows push south by jihadist fighters
- 2013/01/11: Guardian(UK): France launches air strikes on Mali
- 2013/01/11: BBC: Mali crisis: France ready to stop rebels, says Hollande
- 2013/01/11: al Jazeera: UN urges swift deployment of troops to Mali
Call comes as interim leader Dioncounda Traore appeals for help and as rebels extend their control in country's north.
- 2013/01/11: al Jazeera: Mali seeks France help against rebel advances
Mali's president pleas for support in countering an offensive by groups who control the north and are heading south.
- 2013/01/07: BBC: Malian soldiers have fired on Islamist fighters in the centre of the country, military sources say
- 2013/01/03: CCurrents: Mali, Wahabis And Saudis; Following The Money Trail
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