Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) on Saturday denied a French claim that its leader in the Sahara has been killed in the French-led offensive in northern Mali.
Fighting in the historic northern Mali town of Timbuktu this weekend left three Islamist fighters dead and five Malian troops wounded, the Malian army said Sunday.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was to meet Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaoré on Saturday after declaring France’s task in Mali 70 per cent accomplished.
A French jihadi fighter was to be extradited from Mali on Friday, according to Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian who said that the man is the second Islamist to be sent to France this week.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited the “last bastions” Islamist militias in northern Mali on a surprise visit Thursday.
Christopher Kirkley went to the north of Mali three years ago and came back with music taken from sim cards.
France will stay in Mali as long as necessary, President François Hollande told an enthusiastic crowd in Bamako after visiting the northern city of Timbuktu Saturday. French warplanes ...
French President François Hollande has been welcomed by hundreds of residents of Timbuktu, the historic town in northern Mali that French and Malian soldiers recaptured from armed Islamists ...
French and Malian troops have entered the town of Diabaly after a week of air strikes and fighting
As French air raids continue to strike targets in northern Mali, most of this morning's Paris-based dailies give pride of place to the military action against Islamist fighters.