French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited the “last bastions” Islamist militias in northern Mali on a surprise visit Thursday.
A fourth French soldier has been killed in Mali during a reconnaissance mission near the main city in the north, Gao.
Christopher Kirkley went to the north of Mali three years ago and came back with music taken from sim cards.
French and Malian troops have rounded up about 50 suspected Islamist fighters on an island near north Mali’s main town, Gao.
Heavy fighting has broken out in the centre of Gao, the largest town in northern Mali. A car bomb in the northern Mali town of Kidal has killed one person and injured another, according to a ...
Villagers in north Mali arrested two young men with explosives strapped to their bodies on Saturday, witnesses report.
France has asked the UN to take rover the command of forces in Mali as Paris prepares to start pulling its troops out next month.
French and Malian troops suffered casualties in clashes with Islamist fighters near northern Mali’s main town, Gao, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday.
The French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, says French and Malian troops are advancing north towards Timbuktu as the operation against Islamist militants enters its 17th day.
The French defence minister says French-led forces have wrested control of the airport at the Islamist stronghold of Gao northeast of the Mali capital Bamako.