Ivory Coast to withdraw from UN peacekeeping mission in Mali

Ivory Coast will gradually withdraw its contribution of military and police from a United Nations peacekeeping force in Mali, according to a letter by its ambassador to the U.N., after Bamako detained 46 of its soldiers in July. Mali accused the soldiers of being mercenaries. Ivory Coast says they were part of a security and… Read More Ivory Coast to withdraw from UN peacekeeping mission in Mali

Britain to withdraw its troops from Mali peacekeeping force

Britain will pull out its 300 troops from a U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali following similar withdrawals this year by other Western nations, a government minister said on Monday. The early withdrawal comes after France and its military allies began withdrawing thousands of troops from Mali this year as the country’s military junta began collaborating… Read More Britain to withdraw its troops from Mali peacekeeping force

Seven UN peacekeepers dead, three injured following as convoy hits explosive device in central Mali

An explosion on Wednesday in central Mali killed seven United Nations peacekeepers and seriously wounded three others, the U.N. mission said on Twitter. A logistics convoy hit an improvised explosive device between the towns of Douentza and Sevare, an area where groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State operate. No group claimed responsibility on… Read More Seven UN peacekeepers dead, three injured following as convoy hits explosive device in central Mali

Seven Malian soldiers killed following attacks on separate patrol convoys

Seven Malian soldiers were killed on Saturday in two separate attacks on patrols in the centre-west of the country, the army said, the latest bloodshed to indicate violence is shifting southward into previously peaceful areas. At around 11:20 GMT an army escort was ambushed near the town of Mourdiah, around 200 km (120 miles) north… Read More Seven Malian soldiers killed following attacks on separate patrol convoys

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

Dozens dead as Islamist militants raid three villages in central Mali

At least 51 people were killed when Islamist militants raided three villages in central Mali near the border with Niger, a district administrator said on Monday. The towns of Ouatagouna, Karou and Deouteguef were simultaneously attacked around 6 p.m. on Sunday, according to a note from the Asongo district administrator to the governor of Gao… Read More Dozens dead as Islamist militants raid three villages in central Mali

Three Chinese, two Mauritanians abducted as gunmen attack construction site in northern Mali

Three Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians were abducted from a construction site in northern Mali on Saturday when gunmen raided the site for equipment and took hostages, the army said. The raid took place 55 kilometres (34 miles) from the town of Kwala, a regular transit point for companies moving through Mali’s desert north, the… Read More Three Chinese, two Mauritanians abducted as gunmen attack construction site in northern Mali