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Tuareg Nomads Still Trying to Split Mali In Two

AFRICANGLOBE - Mali's troubled interim president Dioncounda Traore wants to hold elections before the end of July. But, the country's Tuareg nomads, now living in Burkina Faso, have other concerns and aspirations.

US Military to Maintain Low-Key Presence In Africa – Official

AFRICANGLOBE - US military efforts in Africa will remain low-key and “small footprint,” and will be geared toward building relationships with African nations, a senior Defence Department official has been quoted as saying.

Mali: War Over, Now to Secure Peace

AFRICANGLOBE - As the Malian army and its foreign partners are slowly securing northern cities in the West African nation, it is still unclear how the country will turn its back on the political crisis that led to the March 2012 military coup.

Chad Army Says it Elimnated Top Terrorist Moktar Belmoktar

AFRICANGLOBE - Chad's military chief announced on state television late Saturday that his troops deployed in northern Mali had killed Moktar Belmoktar, the terrorist who orchestrated the attack on a natural gas plant in Algeria that left 36 foreigners dead.

Dozens of Islamists Rounded Up in Mali

AFRICANGLOBE - French and Malian troops have rounded up about 50 suspected Islamist fighters on an island near north Mali's main town, Gao. French and Algerian experts are carrying out DNA tests on a corpse to confirm suspicions that local Al Qaida high-up Abou Zeid was killed in fighting in the Ifoghas mountains this week.

Sudan Government Hiding Terrorists From Mali

AFRICANGLOBE - Terrorist fighters fleeing advancing French forces in Mali have been spotted in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, a Sudanese rebel commander revealed on Friday. "We saw them," said Abdel Wahid Mohammed al-Nur, commander of a Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) faction which is fighting Khartoum's troops in Darfur.

French Soldier Killed In Northern Mali

AFRICANGLOBE - A French soldier has been killed while fighting terrorists in northern Mali's mountainous Iforhas region, Francois Hollande, France's president, has said. The dead serviceman was identified as Staff Sergeant Harold Vormezeele, a commando with the Second Foreign Parachute Regiment, an elite unit of the French Foreign Legion.

Chadian Troops Secure Kidal, Last Terrorist Stronghold In Mali

AFRICANGLOBE - Chadian troops swarmed into the desert town of Kidal in northeastern Mali on Tuesday, securing the last terrorist bastion as global players met in Brussels to carve out a path back to stability for the troubled west African nation. The French defence ministry said 1,800 Chadian troops had entered Kidal to “secure” the Saharan outpost, after days of air strikes in the surrounding mountains where Arab terrorists are believed to be hiding

UN Alarm At Mali Army Abuse Claim

AFRICANGLOBE - The UN anti-genocide envoy says he is "deeply disturbed" by reports of reprisal attacks by Malian troops as they retake control of the north. Such widespread and systematic abuses could "constitute atrocity crimes", Adama Dieng said in a statement. The military is suspected of recruiting and arming proxy militia groups to kill Arabs and Tuareg nomads, he added.

Mali’s President Rules Out Talks With Islamists

AFRICANGLOBE - Mali's interim president ruled out talks with Islamist groups who ruled the north for nine months, but said he was ready to meet Tuareg activists from the region. President Dioncounda Traore set out his position after France called for peace talks between Mali's government and "legitimate representatives" from the north.

African Union Raises Over $455 Million for Mali

AFRICANGLOBE - The African Union has raised over 455.53 million to assist the African-led international support mission in Mali (AFISMA) in a major towards the resolution of the crisis in the West African country.

Mali: French and Malian Troops Now Control All Major Towns

AFRICANGLOBE - French and Malian troops have recaptured the northern Malian town of Kidal, the last terrorist stronghold in the region, according to military officials. Many fear the Arab terrorists, who have reportedly been driven out of the town near the Algerian border

Arabs Burn Timbuktu’s Ancient Manuscripts as French and Malian Troops Close...

AFRICANGLOBE - Arab savages torched a library containing historic manuscripts in Timbuktu, the mayor said Monday, as French and Malian forces closed in on Mali's fabled desert city. Ousmane Halle said he heard about the burnings early Monday. “It's truly alarming that this has happened,'” he told The AP by telephone from Mali's capital, Bamako, on Monday. `”They torched all the important ancient manuscripts. The ancient books of geography and science. It is the history of Timbuktu, of its people.”

Understanding the Military Intervention in Mali

AFRICANGLOBE - On BBC television's Question Time last week an angry audience member asked the panel why Britain should be sending military help to the French in Mali. "I don't remember the French coming to our aid when we went to the Falklands" he fumed to loud applause.

Nigerian Air Force Deploys Alpha Jets to Mali

AFRICANGLOBE - the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in continuation of its forces deployment to Mali has sent a fleet of Alpha Jets to strengthen the ECOWAS intervention force battling extremist rebel forces in Mali's northern flank. The fighter jets, which was authorized for combat operation.

ICC Opens Mali War Crimes Case

AFRICANGLOBE - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) last week formally opened an investigation into alleged crimes committed in Mali since January 2012 - including murder, torture and rape - with a focus on the northern part of the country.