Mali Military Says 2 Rockets Fall near Kidal

BAMAKO, Mali - A Malian military spokesman says the northern town of Kidal has come under attack from two rockets. Cmdr. Daouda Sagara, head of the military in the town, said his soldiers had heard two large explosions Friday night. Sagara said he had no information about whether anyone had been wounded or killed in the attack. Kidal and the ... more

Small US Troop Contingent Remains in Mali

Pfc. Damien Davis, left, and Staff Sgt. James Bates, both of the Operations Group at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif.,

STUTTGART, Germany -- A small team of U.S. troops remains on the ground in war-torn Mali as part of a 4-month-old effort presses on to support French and African forces engaged in a fight against Islamic militants, Africa Command said Wednesday. "Today, there are about 10 U.S. military personnel providing liaison support to French and AFISMA (t... more

Al-Qaida Takes Responsibility for Timbuktu Attack

BAMAKO, Mali - Al-Qaida's local chapter took responsibility for an attack on Timbuktu this weekend, as French and Malian forces Monday continued to hunt down the jihadists who infiltrated the ancient, northern Malian town. The claim of responsibility and the boldness of the attack renews fears that al-Qaida's local fighters are regrouping and h... more

Rights Group Documents Torture by Malian Military

DAKAR, Senegal - An investigation by Human Rights Watch has found evidence that Mali's military tortured seven men accused of links to the al-Qaida group that occupied the country's north last year, prompting a French military intervention. Human Rights Watch senior researcher Corinne Dufka spent hours interviewing each of the seven victims, al... more

French Troops to Quit Timbuktu This Week

A French soldier secures a perimeter on the outskirts of Diabaly, Mali, about 320 miles north of the capital Bamako on Jan. 21, 2013. Photo: Jerome Delay

TIMBUKTU, Mali - In a new phase of the Mali conflict, French airstrikes targeted the fuel depots and desert hideouts of Islamic extremists in northern Mali overnight Monday, as French forces planned to hand control of Timbuktu to the Malian army this week. After taking control of the key cities of northern Mali, forcing the Islamic rebels to re... more

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