France has withdrawn around 100 soldiers from Mali, the army announced on Tuesday.
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.
Christopher Kirkley went to the north of Mali three years ago and came back with music taken from sim cards.
RFI journalist Nick Champeaux and a journalist from French newspaper
11 of Timbuktu’s 16 mausoleums have been demolished and up to 3000 priceless manuscripts have been destroyed, since islamists took control of northern Mali in 2012.
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 ...
France’s task in Mali is not over, French President François Hollande declared during Saturday’s visit to the historic city of Timbuktu.
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 ...