National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23819/all en Mali army fires warning shots to halt Islamist advance http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/mali-army-fires-warning-shots-halt-islamist-advance <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>BAMAKO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Malian soldiers fired warning<br /> shots on Tuesday at Islamist fighters pushing south towards<br /> their positions, military and diplomatic sources said, raising<br /> fears of the first clashes since militants seized Mali's north<br /> in April.</p> <p>The capture of the northern two thirds of the arid West<br /> African nation by a loose coalition of Islamist groups has sown<br /> fears among Western and regional powers that Mali could become a<br /> haven for radicals to plot international attacks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/mali-army-fires-warning-shots-halt-islamist-advance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Bamako Mali National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad Person Career Person Location Political geography Technology War Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:52:03 +0000 5731478 at http://www.globalpost.com TIMELINE-Islamist rebels promise long war with France in Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/timeline-islamist-rebels-promise-long-war-france-mali <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jan 14 (Reuters) - Here is a look at Mali since a military coup paved the way for Islamist rebels to take over the country's mostly desert north:</p> <p>March 22, 2012 - Soldiers seize power from President Amadou Toumani Toure as a protest over the government's ineffective handling of a campaign against northern rebels turns into a coup. The African Union suspends Mali the next day. Coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo says he is ready for talks with rebels but wants to preserve Mali's territorial integrity.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/timeline-islamist-rebels-promise-long-war-france-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad Tuareg War Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:45:11 +0000 5733169 at http://www.globalpost.com INTERVIEW-MNLA offers to fight Mali Islamists amid reprisal fears http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/interview-mnla-offers-fight-mali-islamists-amid-reprisal-fears <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* MNLA offers to join international mission</p> <p>* Warn of reprisals against Tuaregs by Malian army</p> <p>* Rights groups cite reports of killings by security forces</p> <p>By Nathalie Prevost</p> <p>NIAMEY, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Mali's MNLA Tuareg separatists said on Sunday they were ready to join international efforts to liberate northern Mali from Islamist rebels, amid fears the Malian army could exact revenge on Tuaregs for an uprising last year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/interview-mnla-offers-fight-mali-islamists-amid-reprisal-fears" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad Tuareg War Thomson Reuters Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:15:34 +0000 5736969 at http://www.globalpost.com Army seals off Mali town after reports of ethnic reprisals http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/army-seals-mali-town-after-reports-ethnic-reprisals <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Richard Valdmanis</p> <p>SEGOU, Mali, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Mali's army sealed off the central town of Sevare to journalists on Wednesday following allegations by residents and human rights groups that government soldiers had executed Tuaregs and Arabs accused of collaborating with Islamist rebels.</p> <p>The allegations, which have been denied by the Malian army, threatened to cast a shadow over a French-led operation to drive Islamist fighters allied to al Qaeda from northern Mali.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/army-seals-mali-town-after-reports-ethnic-reprisals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad Tuareg War Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:00:27 +0000 5738560 at http://www.globalpost.com TIMELINE-French, Malian troops advance in northern Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/timeline-french-malian-troops-advance-northern-mali <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jan 27 (Reuters) - Here is a look at Mali since a military coup paved the way for Islamist rebels to take over the country's mostly desert north:</p> <p>March 22, 2012 - Soldiers seize power from President Amadou Toumani Toure as a protest over the government's ineffective handling of a campaign against northern rebels turns into a coup. The African Union suspends Mali the next day. Coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo says he is ready for talks with rebels but wants to preserve Mali's territorial integrity.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/timeline-french-malian-troops-advance-northern-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad Tuareg War Thomson Reuters Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:30:46 +0000 5740136 at http://www.globalpost.com REFILE-Mali's MNLA Tuareg rebels say they control Kidal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/blank-headline-received-4 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds dropped word "rebel")</p> <p>DAKAR, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Secular Malian Tuareg MNLA rebels said on Monday they were now in control of the northern town of Kidal after their former Islamist allies abandoned it.</p> <p>"Now it is us who are in control," Colonel Mohamed Ag Najim, the MNLA's military commander, told Reuters by satellite phone from the northeastern town, which was the last stronghold occupied by al Qaeda-allied Islamist fighters after Gao and Timbuktu were taken by French and Malian troops.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/blank-headline-received-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad Tuareg War Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:30:18 +0000 5740475 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Mali MNLA Tuareg rebels say control Kidal, Islamists gone http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/update-1-mali-mnla-tuareg-rebels-say-control-kidal-islamists-go <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds details, background)</p> <p>DAKAR, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Secular Malian Tuareg MNLA rebels said on Monday they were now in control of the northern town of Kidal after Islamist militant fighters abandoned it.</p> <p>"Now it is us who are in control," Colonel Mohamed Ag Najim, the MNLA's military commander, told Reuters by satellite phone from the northeastern town.</p> <p>Another MNLA rebel contacted in Kidal by Reuters gave the same account, but there was no immediate independent confirmation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/update-1-mali-mnla-tuareg-rebels-say-control-kidal-islamists-go" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad Tuareg War Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:00:21 +0000 5740492 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-French troops deploy to last of Mali rebel strongholds http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/update-1-french-troops-deploy-last-mali-rebel-strongholds <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds details, background, pvs DAKAR)</p> <p>DOUENTZA, Mali, Jan 30 (Reuters) - French troops have taken control of the airport in the northern Malian town of Kidal, the last rebel stronghold in the north, the French army and a local official told Reuters on Wednesday.</p> <p>Kidal would be the last of northern Mali's major towns to be retaken by French forces after they reached Gao and Timbuktu earlier this week in a campaign to drive al Qaeda-linked Islamists from Mali's north, which it has said had become a safe haven for extremists.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/update-1-french-troops-deploy-last-mali-rebel-strongholds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad Tuareg Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 08:45:35 +0000 5741401 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-French troops deploy in last of Mali rebel strongholds http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/update-1-french-troops-deploy-last-mali-rebel-strongholds-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* French troops secure Kidal airport, operation ongoing</p> <p>* French, Malian forces took Gao, Timbuktu unopposed</p> <p>* Fabius says French troops will leave "very quickly"</p> <p>* Reconciling Tuaregs with rest of Mali may prove tough (Writes through with details, quotes from MNLA, analyst, Timbuktu manuscripts)</p> <p>By Richard Valdmanis</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/update-1-french-troops-deploy-last-mali-rebel-strongholds-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Berberism National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad Politics War Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:00:29 +0000 5741509 at http://www.globalpost.com French air strikes hit Islamist bases in north Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/french-air-strikes-hit-islamist-bases-north-mali <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France said Thursday its warplanes had hit Islamist command posts near the last militant stronghold in northern Mali, as the UN mulled a peacekeeping force to take over the fast-moving French-led operation.</p> <p>Ground troops gathered at the gates of Kidal, a desert outpost that is the last rebel stronghold yet to be fully recaptured, as France said its fighter jets had blasted command centres, training camps and depots run by Islamist extremists in the mountains north of the town.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/french-air-strikes-hit-islamist-bases-north-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad Tuareg War AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:45:13 +0000 5741969 at http://www.globalpost.com French air strikes hit Islamist bases in north Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/french-air-strikes-hit-islamist-bases-north-mali-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France said Thursday its warplanes had hit Islamist command posts near the last militant stronghold in northern Mali, as the UN mulled a peacekeeping force to take over the fast-moving French-led operation.</p> <p>Ground troops gathered at the gates of Kidal, a desert outpost that is the last rebel stronghold yet to be fully recaptured, as France said its fighter jets had blasted command centres, training camps and depots run by Islamist extremists in the mountains north of the town.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/french-air-strikes-hit-islamist-bases-north-mali-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad Social Issues Technology Tuareg War AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:45:29 +0000 5742197 at http://www.globalpost.com French air strikes hit Islamist bases in north Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/french-air-strikes-hit-islamist-bases-north-mali-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France said Thursday its warplanes had hit Islamist command posts near the last militant stronghold in northern Mali, as the UN mulled a peacekeeping force to take over the fast-moving French-led operation.</p> <p>Ground troops gathered at the gates of Kidal, a desert outpost that is the last rebel stronghold yet to be fully recaptured, as France said its fighter jets had blasted command centres, training camps and depots run by Islamist extremists in the mountains north of the town.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/french-air-strikes-hit-islamist-bases-north-mali-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad Social Issues Technology Tuareg War AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:00:09 +0000 5742257 at http://www.globalpost.com Rights allegations in Mali cloud visit by France's Hollande http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/rights-allegations-mali-cloud-visit-frances-hollande <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* French president to fly to Bamako, Timbuktu Saturday</p> <p>* Amnesty says civilians killed in helicopter strike</p> <p>* Rights groups allege Malian soldiers killed suspects</p> <p>By Richard Valdmanis and Benoit Tessier</p> <p>BAMAKO/TIMBUKTU, Mali, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Human rights groups said on Friday a French-led offensive against Islamists in Mali had led to civilian deaths in airstrikes and ethnic reprisals by Malian troops, a day before President Francois Hollande was due to visit the country.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/rights-allegations-mali-cloud-visit-frances-hollande" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Mali National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad War Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:46:45 +0000 5743023 at http://www.globalpost.com REFILE-UPDATE 1-Rights allegations in Mali cloud France Hollande's visit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/update-1-rights-allegations-mali-cloud-france-hollandes-visit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds dropped word "that" in para 3)</p> <p>* French president to fly to Bamako, Timbuktu on Saturday</p> <p>* Amnesty says civilians killed in helicopter strike</p> <p>* Rights groups allege Malian soldiers killed suspects</p> <p>By Richard Valdmanis and Benoit Tessier</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/update-1-rights-allegations-mali-cloud-france-hollandes-visit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Military of Mali National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad War Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:46:53 +0000 5743349 at http://www.globalpost.com France bombs Islamist targets in Mali after Hollande visit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/france-bombs-islamist-targets-mali-after-hollande-visit-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France said it carried out major air strikes Sunday near Kidal, the last bastion of armed extremists chased from Mali's desert north in a lightning French-led offensive, after a whirlwind visit by President Francois Hollande.</p> <p>An army spokesman said 30 warplanes had bombed training and logistics centres run by Islamist extremists overnight in the Tessalit area north of Kidal, where French troops took the airport Wednesday and have been working to secure the town itself.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/france-bombs-islamist-targets-mali-after-hollande-visit-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Business Labor Law National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad Tuareg War AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 21:31:04 +0000 5744813 at http://www.globalpost.com