Terrorist attacks, killings expose China's limited options

Nov 22, 2015

Terrorist attacks, killings expose China's limited options

The killings of a Chinese citizen by the Islamic State group and the murders of three Chinese businessmen by al-Qaida-linked groups in Mali have shone the spotlight on Beijing’s lack of options when its people are kidnapped abroad, despite its growing military prowess and ...

Six Russians killed in Mali hotel attack

Nov 21, 2015

Six Russians killed in Mali hotel attack

Six Russians were killed in the hotel attack in Mali, the foreign ministry in Moscow said Saturday, saying that they worked for a cargo airline. “Among those who died were six citizens of our country,” the ministry said in a statement, citing the Russian ...

At least 19 dead after Islamists seize hotel in Mali capital

Nov 21, 2015

At least 19 dead after Islamists seize hotel in Mali capital

Islamist militants killed 19 people in an attack on a top hotel in the capital of Mali on Friday before Malian commandos stormed the building and rescued 170 people, many of them foreigners. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced the death toll and said seven ...

Gunmen seize 170 hostages at Radisson hotel in Mali's capital

Nov 20, 2015

Gunmen seize 170 hostages at Radisson hotel in Mali's capital

Gunmen went on a shooting rampage at the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital of Bamako on Friday, seizing 170 guests and staffers, the hotel chain said. Automatic weapons fire could be heard from outside the 190-room hotel in the city center, where ...

African intervention force finally nears reality

Nov 1, 2015

African intervention force finally nears reality

As the sun rose over South Africa’s dry and sparsely populated Karoo region, west of Johannesburg, more than 5,000 multinational troops launched a mock attack heralding a long-awaited African Union strike force for the troubled continent. Men in fatigues peered through binoculars and crouched ...

Deadly Mali hotel siege laid to al-Qaida-linked jihadi group

Aug 10, 2015

Deadly Mali hotel siege laid to al-Qaida-linked jihadi group

A jihadi group is strongly suspected of carrying out the hotel siege in Mali that ended with the deaths of 13 people, including five U.N. workers, a security source said Sunday. The Malian government said four Malian soldiers, five U.N. workers and four “terrorists” ...

Aug 8, 2015

Mali hotel siege leaves seven dead; five foreigners rescued

Five foreigners were evacuated and a “number” of hostages were freed after they were trapped at a hotel in a standoff between gunmen and soldiers that left at least seven people dead in central Mali, military sources said early Saturday. “We cannot say that ...

Aug 4, 2015

11 Malian soldiers killed when Islamists raid their Timbuktu base

Suspected Islamist militants killed 11 soldiers in an attack on a Malian army base near the desert city of Timbuktu on Monday, the government said. Residents said Islamist fighters carried out the predawn attack on Gourma Rharous base, which followed an ambush on Saturday ...