French forces kill leader of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb

World Jun 6, 2020

French forces kill leader of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb

French forces have killed the leader of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, Algerian Abdelmalek Droukdel, in northern Mali, French officials said Friday. Droukdel was killed on Thursday near the Algerian border, where the group has bases it uses to carry out attacks and abductions of ...

U.S. warns of attack threat against major hotel in Nairobi

World Feb 28, 2020

U.S. warns of attack threat against major hotel in Nairobi

The United States warned Thursday that extremists may be plotting an attack against a major hotel in Nairobi, urging its citizens to be cautious. "The exact hotel has not been identified, but it is believed to be a hotel popular with tourists and business travelers," ...

AQAP confirms death of leader and appoints successor, says SITE

World Feb 24, 2020

AQAP confirms death of leader and appoints successor, says SITE

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula on Sunday confirmed the death of its leader, Qassim al-Rimi, and appointed a successor, weeks after the U.S. said it had "eliminated" the Islamist militant chief, SITE Intelligence group said. The announcement came in an audio speech delivered by AQAP ...

Mali plans to double the size of its army to combat jihadis

World Jan 30, 2020

Mali plans to double the size of its army to combat jihadis

Mali will increase the size of its army by about 50 percent in a recruitment drive this year aimed at uprooting jihadist groups, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse said on Wednesday. The plan is to hire 10,000 new soldiers in the coming months to "allow our ...

Burkina Faso accuses Mali of unauthorized military incursion

World Nov 20, 2019

Burkina Faso accuses Mali of unauthorized military incursion

Burkina Faso's government said the Malian army had no authorization to cross into its territory to kill three people during a spate of ethnic violence last week. Malian officials were not available to comment, but the Malian army said on Saturday that its forces had ...