May 24, 2013

Chinese troops may join U.N. Mali force

China has offered to send more than 500 soldiers to the U.N. force seeking to contain Islamist militants in Mali in what would be its biggest contribution to U.N. peacekeeping in history. The move could be a bid to overcome tensions with the West ...

Top al-Qaida leader 'killed' in Mali

Mar 2, 2013

Top al-Qaida leader 'killed' in Mali

Al-Qaida's top commander in Mali is reportedly killed, signaling a significant blow to the Islamist insurgents battling a French-led intervention in the African country.

France drives Mali Islamists from last city

Feb 4, 2013

France drives Mali Islamists from last city

France said it carried out major airstrikes Sunday near Kidal, the last bastion of armed extremists chased from Mali’s desert north in a lightning French-led offensive, after a whirlwind visit by President Francois Hollande. An army spokesman said 30 warplanes had bombed training and ...

Timbuktu gives French-led force hero's welcome

Jan 30, 2013

Timbuktu gives French-led force hero's welcome

French-led forces received a hero’s welcome as they entered Mali’s fabled desert city of Timbuktu but not before fleeing Islamists torched a building housing priceless ancient manuscripts. Residents of the ancient city on the edge of the Sahara desert erupted in joy as French ...

Jan 23, 2013

The mess in Mali

French President Francois Hollande has sent French forces to stop an Islamic insurgency from taking over the West African nation of Mali. It is a bold step for Mr. Hollande, who faces rising discontent at home as well as fear that the intervention could ...

Jan 17, 2013

Cracks appear in political support

Cracks in France’s united front behind military action in Mali appeared Wednesday as concern grew over the expanding operation and the reluctance of other Western powers to commit troops. Opposition leader Jean-Francois Cope called the intervention “just and necessary” in a parliamentary debate that ...

Mali fight may tie up France

Jan 14, 2013

Mali fight may tie up France

France’s vow to battle Islamist militants in Mali “as long as necessary” risks plunging the former colonial power into a prolonged campaign, according to diplomats and experts. “It is getting nasty and there will be a chaotic few weeks ahead,” said a senior U.N. ...