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 ...

World Jan 3, 2020

How African countries left their colonizers

A wave of sub-Saharan African countries became independent in the 1960s, 17 achieving self-rule from colonial Belgium, Britain and France in 1960 alone. Portugal's colonies would only break free in the 1970s and it took other nations, such as Eritrea, even longer to re-establish their ...

G5 Sahel leaders pay tribute to 71 soldiers slain in Niger

World Dec 16, 2019

G5 Sahel leaders pay tribute to 71 soldiers slain in Niger

Leaders of the G5 Sahel nations held summit talks in Niamey Sunday, after the death last week of 71 Niger soldiers in a jihadi attack, calling for closer cooperation and international support in the battle against the Islamist threat. Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian ...

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 ...

World May 13, 2019

Gunmen kill six in second recent attack on church in Burkina Faso

Gunmen killed six people, including a priest, outside a Catholic church in Burkina Faso on Sunday, the government said, the second attack on Christians in two weeks in a nation increasingly overrun by jihadis. Congregants were leaving church around 9 a.m. in the town of ...