Mali takes delivery of four helicopters, weapons from Russia

A cargo plane delivered four helicopters, weapons and ammunition from Russia to Mali late on Thursday, Malian interim defence minister Sadio Camara said. He said Mali had bought the helicopters in a contract agreed in December 2020 to support its armed forces in their battle alongside French, European and U.N. troops with insurgents linked to… Read More Mali takes delivery of four helicopters, weapons from Russia

French forces kill al Qaeda leader Baye ag Bakabo in Mali

French forces killed an al Qaeda leader during an operation in the Sahel region of Africa, France’s armed forces minister said on Friday, vowing to keep a substantial military presence in the region a day after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a draw-down. Speaking in an impromptu address, Florence Parly said that Baye ag Bakabo, who… Read More French forces kill al Qaeda leader Baye ag Bakabo in Mali

France suspends joint military operations with Mali over recent coup

France said on Thursday it was suspending its joint military operations with local troops in Mali as part of efforts to pressure the military juntathere to restore a civilian-led government. Mali’s military arrested interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane last week and pressured them to resign, derailing a transition to democratic elections… Read More France suspends joint military operations with Mali over recent coup

Over twenty people killed at wedding ceremony following airstrikes in Mali

More than 20 people, including children, were killed in air strikes during a wedding ceremony in a remote desert area of central Mali on Sunday, a health worker with knowledge of the attack said on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear who carried out the attacks but a French army source said that French forces… Read More Over twenty people killed at wedding ceremony following airstrikes in Mali

Two French soldiers dead, one injured following explosion incident in Mali

Two French soldiers died in an operation in Mali on Saturday and a third was injured when an improvised explosive device hit their armoured vehicle, the French presidency said. The soldiers were on a reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering mission in the eastern region of Menaka when the blast occurred late Saturday morning, the joint chiefs of… Read More Two French soldiers dead, one injured following explosion incident in Mali

France demands immediate release of ousted Mali president

France has asked on Wednesday for the immediate release of Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, as well as of his government, detained after a coup led by soldiers on Tuesday. “France acknowledges the announce of president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s resignation. It calls for its immediate release (…) and for the restoration, without delay, of a… Read More France demands immediate release of ousted Mali president

French military forces kill al-Qaeda North Africa leader Abdelmalek Droukdel in Mali

France said on Friday its military forces had killed al Qaeda’s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel, a key Islamist fighter that its forces had been hunting for more than seven years, during an operation in Mali. “On June 3, French army forces, with the support of their local partners, killed the emir of al Qaeda… Read More French military forces kill al-Qaeda North Africa leader Abdelmalek Droukdel in Mali