Conflict in Mali

Mali pro-government militia agrees to leave town after president intervenes

A government-allied militia has agreed to leave a northern Mali town it occupied earlier this month following clashes with Tuareg separatists, a move praised by the country's United Nations peacekeeping mission as helpful for preserving a fragile peace accord. The militia agreed to leave following the intervention on Saturday of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, said Fihroun Maiga, spokesman for …

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  • U.N. deploys troops around northern Mali town after clashes Reuters - Tue, 18 Aug, 2015

    By Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali's U.N. peacekeeping mission deployed troops around a northern separatist stronghold on Tuesday, seeking to … More »U.N. deploys troops around northern Mali town after clashes

    By Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali's U.N. peacekeeping mission deployed troops around a northern separatist stronghold on Tuesday, seeking to prevent an escalation of clashes between rebels and pro-government militias that threaten to torpedo a peace deal. The separatists, led by Tuareg tribesmen, …

  • Mali separatists trade blame with pro-government militia over clash Reuters - Sun, 16 Aug, 2015

    Separatists in Mali accused a pro-government militia on Sunday of breaching a two-month-old ceasefire, leading to a fierce exchange of fire, but the militia said the … More »Mali separatists trade blame with pro-government militia over clash

    Separatists in Mali accused a pro-government militia on Sunday of breaching a two-month-old ceasefire, leading to a fierce exchange of fire, but the militia said the separatists were the aggressors. The two sides presented conflicting versions of Saturday's clash in northern Mali, a region where the government is trying …

  • Mali armed groups clash near rebel stronghold Kidal: sources Reuters - Sat, 15 Aug, 2015

    Rival armed groups in northern Mali said on Saturday they briefly exchanged fire in the first apparent breach of a peace accord they signed with the government in June. … More »Mali armed groups clash near rebel stronghold Kidal: sources

    Rival armed groups in northern Mali said on Saturday they briefly exchanged fire in the first apparent breach of a peace accord they signed with the government in June. An exchange of light and heavy weapons fire took place south of Kidal, the stronghold of secular Tuareg rebels leading a coalition known as the Coordination …

  • Gunmen kill 10 in attack on village in Mali: army spokesman Reuters - Sun, 9 Aug, 2015

    By Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - Gunmen killed 10 civilians in an attack on the village of Gaberi in northern Mali, army spokesman said on Sunday, a day after a deadly … More »Gunmen kill 10 in attack on village in Mali: army spokesman

    By Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - Gunmen killed 10 civilians in an attack on the village of Gaberi in northern Mali, army spokesman said on Sunday, a day after a deadly siege by suspected Islamist gunmen at a hotel northeast of the capital. The attacks are the latest violence in the West African country, where the United …

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 file photo, Malian troops man an observation post outside Sevare, some 620 kms (385 miles) north of Mali's capital Bamako. Four people held by Islamic extremists in a hotel in Sevare in central Mali were freed Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 by the army and special forces, after fighting since Friday left a number of dead, Mali's defense ministry adviser said. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)
    Central Mali hotel attack a sign that extremist violence is spreading The Canadian Press - Sat, 8 Aug, 2015

    The first attack by Islamic extremists in a central Mali town, in which 10 people died, shows that jihadist aggressions are spreading in the country and hitting more … More »Central Mali hotel attack a sign that extremist violence is spreading

    FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 file photo, Malian troops man an observation post outside Sevare, some 620 kms (385 miles) north of Mali's capital Bamako. Four people held by Islamic extremists in a hotel in Sevare in central Mali were freed Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 by the army and special forces, after fighting since Friday left a number of dead, Mali's defense ministry adviser said. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

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  • Mali detains 20 suspected Islamists, including two French: sources Reuters - Tue, 14 Jul, 2015

    Police in Mali have detained about 20 suspected Islamist militants in recent days, including at least two French citizens and the organizer of an attack a restaurant … More »Mali detains 20 suspected Islamists, including two French: sources

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  • Mali makes arrests linked to Islamist attacks: sources Reuters - Sat, 11 Jul, 2015

    The Malian army captured two people linked to Islamist group Ansar Dine and seized evidence linking them to planned attacks, security sources said on Saturday. Ansar … More »Mali makes arrests linked to Islamist attacks: sources

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  • UN says attack on convoy in northern Mali kills 6 peacekeepers, wounds 5 near Timbuktu The Canadian Press - Thu, 2 Jul, 2015

    Gunmen ambushed a U.N. convoy in conflict-wracked northern Mali on Thursday killing six peacekeepers and wounding five others, the U.N. said. The U.N. mission in this … More »UN says attack on convoy in northern Mali kills 6 peacekeepers, wounds 5 near Timbuktu

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  • Gunmen briefly take control of village in southern Mali Reuters - Sun, 28 Jun, 2015

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  • Islamist gunmen attack western Mali town, 12 dead Reuters - Sat, 27 Jun, 2015

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    By Tiemoko Diallo and Souleymane Ag Anara BAMAKO (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist fighters attacked a town in western Mali near the border with neighbouring Mauritania before dawn on Saturday, leaving 12 people dead, including three soldiers and nine attackers, the defence ministry said. The ministry's statement did not …

  • By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) - Mali's government and Tuareg-led rebels agreed on a ceasefire in a strategic town and on more political guarantees on Friday, steps towards a U.N.-brokered peace accord to end decades of uprisings in the northern region the separatists call Azawad. Western powers are pushing for a …

  • UN peacekeepers stand guard in the northern town of Kouroume

    By Souleymane Ag Anara and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the execution of civilians, in northern Mali following clashes this week between northern Tuareg separatist rebels and pro-government militia. U.N.-brokered …

  • At least three Malian soldiers were killed on Monday in a dawn raid by rebels south of the desert town of Timbuktu, officials said, despite a partial signing of a peace deal last week. A U.N. military source, who asked not to be named, said three government soldiers had been killed and one wounded. Mohamed el Maouloud …

  • By Souleymane Ag Anara and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - Demonstrators protesting against a peace deal between Mali's government and separatists hurled stones at U.N. peacekeepers in a northern rebel stronghold on Friday, hours before it was due to be signed, witnesses said. Meanwhile, fighting continued around a …

  • By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) - Mali's Tuareg-led rebels signed a preliminary peace agreement with the government on Thursday as a gesture of "good faith" to end decades of separatist fighting, but wanted more guarantees before signing a final accord. Mali's government accepted the United Nations- and Algerian-backed …

 
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