16 Aug 2022

Last French troops leave Mali, ending nine-year deployment

France has announced that its final troops have left Mali, completing a withdrawal after a nine-year operation in the country. The operation was at the center of the Sahel region’s security crisis. On Monday, the French army said it had completed the logistical challenges of the pullout and it was

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12 Aug 2022

Germany suspends military mission in Mali amid diplomatic tension

The local military-led government of Mali refused to give a United Nations peacekeeping mission fly-over rights on Friday. After this move, Germany has suspended most of its operations in the country until further notice. The operations included those of the reconnaissance forces and CH-53 transport flights.  Germany was prepared to

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29 Jul 2022

Mali military says 15 soldiers, three civilians killed in separate ‘terrorist’ attacks

On Wednesday, Mali suffered from three separate terrorist attacks in which security forces reportedly killed scores of attackers. The attacks targeted towns and military outposts. During the incidents, six soldiers were killed and another 25 were injured. in addition, Malian soldiers killed 48 attackers and destroyed three vehicles containing weapons

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13 Jul 2022

Ivory Coast asks Mali to release 49 soldiers arrested in Bamako

Ivory Coast has asked for the release of 49 of its soldiers who have been arrested in Mali. This incident may worsen tensions between Mali’s military rulers and the other West African nations as other nations work to end activity by armed groups linked to al-Qaeda and ISIL and restore

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08 Jun 2022

ECOWAS unhappy with Mali’s 24-month transition decision

Mali’s military government announced a delay on the return to civilian rule by 24 months on Monday. The 24-month timetable is being implemented starting from March 2022 while negotiations between the military and civilian sides are ongoing. The Economic Community of West African States has announced that it regrets the

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05 May 2022

Togo agrees to mediate in Mali political crisis

President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo has agreed to mediate in Mali’s political crisis. Mali’s military government is facing pressure to re-establish civilian rule. There have been negotiations within the administration of Mali’s government about how long it will take to restore order since August 2020 when the military seized power. 

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03 May 2022

Mali: Military government breaks defense accords with France

It was announced Monday afternoon that Mali’s ruling military has broken its defense accords with France. The announcement was the latest sign of failing relations between France and Mali. The military claimed France had committed “flagrant violations” of its national sovereignty through its troops stationed in the country.  Spokesman Colonel

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18 Feb 2022

Niger to accept foreign troops fighting insurgents in Sahel

Niger will welcome French and European special forces after their withdrawal from Mali, as confirmed with President Mohamed Bazoum on Friday. The forces will be especially welcome in Takuba according to the president and the special forces will respond to the threat posed by terrorist organizations. The forces will secure

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17 Feb 2022

French-led western forces to withdraw from Mali

Countries involved in French-led anti-terrorist operations in West Africa will withdraw from Mali according to a statement from French President Emmanuel Macron Thursday. Over the course of four to six months, France and its allies will close military bases in Gossi, Menaka and Gao, and will transfer these soldiers to

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10 Jan 2022

West African nations sever links with Mali over election delay

West African nations plan to impose economic sanctions, sever diplomatic ties, and close their borders with Mali following a delay in its elections following a 2020 military coup. Mali’s interim authorities have proposed holding elections in December of 2025 rather than February 2022. The February 2022 date was agreed on

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