Mali http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25906/all en Canada to provide transport plane for anti-rebel campaign in Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/canada-provide-transport-plane-anti-rebel-campaign-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>* Canada sending giant transport plane for a week</p> <p>* Britain has already announced similar measure</p> <p>OTTAWA, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Canada will send a military transport plane to provide temporary support for a French campaign against Islamic rebels in Mali, a senior Canadian official said on Monday.</p> <p>The official told Reuters that a giant C-17 cargo aircraft would "provide heavy-lift logistical support for one week." The official did not give further details.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/canada-provide-transport-plane-anti-rebel-campaign-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mali Traoré Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:45:38 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734238 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Canada says will provide transport plane for anti-rebel campaign in Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/update-1-canada-says-will-provide-transport-plane-anti-rebel-ca <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>* Canadian plane will carry cargo from France to Mali</p> <p>* Canada will not consider military mission -prime minister</p> <p>* Britain has already announced similar measure (Adds Harper statement, background)</p> <p>OTTAWA, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Canada will send a military transport plane to provide temporary heavy-lift support for a French campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali, the government said on Monday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/update-1-canada-says-will-provide-transport-plane-anti-rebel-ca" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Mali Mali Political geography Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:31:06 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734277 at http://www.globalpost.com ANALYSIS-After Algerian incident, W.Africa fears Mali spillover http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/analysis-after-algerian-incident-wafrica-fears-mali-spillover <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 David Lewis</p> <p>DAKAR, Jan 18 (Reuters) - By seizing hundreds of hostages at a gas plant in the Algerian desert, al Qaeda-linked militants angry at French intervention in Mali sent a clear message: they could strike anywhere in the Sahara.</p> <p>Many experts now believe the sight of a former colonial power leading unprepared West African armies into war against Islamists in Mali could spark similar attacks across a swathe of smaller, more vulnerable nations to the south.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/analysis-after-algerian-incident-wafrica-fears-mali-spillover" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Islam Mali Politics Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 22:00:20 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736422 at http://www.globalpost.com RPT-ANALYSIS-After Algerian incident, W.Africa fears Mali spillover http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/rpt-analysis-after-algerian-incident-wafrica-fears-mali-spillov <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>(Repeats Jan 18 story)</p> <p>By David Lewis</p> <p>DAKAR, Jan 18 (Reuters) - By seizing hundreds of hostages at a gas plant in the Algerian desert, al Qaeda-linked militants angry at French intervention in Mali sent a clear message: they could strike anywhere in the Sahara.</p> <p>Many experts now believe the sight of a former colonial power leading unprepared West African armies into war against Islamists in Mali could spark similar attacks across a swathe of smaller, more vulnerable nations to the south.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/rpt-analysis-after-algerian-incident-wafrica-fears-mali-spillov" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Islam Mali Politics Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Sat, 19 Jan 2013 09:45:14 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736530 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-UK may offer France more military aid for Mali mission http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/update-1-uk-may-offer-france-more-military-aid-mali-mission <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>LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Britain said on Monday it would consider giving more help to French forces fighting Islamist militants in Mali, but would not take a combat role in the mission.</p> <p>France has launched a military campaign against Islamist fighters in Mali at the request of the Malian government, amid fears the vast desert country could become a launchpad for international attacks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/update-1-uk-may-offer-france-more-military-aid-mali-mission" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mali Mali War Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 17:00:38 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737340 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Nigeria to keep troops in Mali until crisis resolved http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/update-1-nigeria-keep-troops-mali-until-crisis-resolved <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>* Mali rebels seen linked to Nigeria's Boko Haram</p> <p>* Nigeria deploys 1,200 troops to Mali conflict</p> <p>* President says Nigeria needs to show leadership (Adds quotes throughout, background on Boko Haram)</p> <p>By Emma Farge</p> <p>GENEVA, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Tuesday his country's troops would stay in Mali to back military operations against al Qaeda-linked rebels until the crisis was resolved.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/update-1-nigeria-keep-troops-mali-until-crisis-resolved" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster International relations Mali Member states of the African Union Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Member states of the United Nations War Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:45:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737818 at http://www.globalpost.com Burkinabe troops join French-led push against Mali rebels http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/burkinabe-troops-join-french-led-push-against-mali-rebels <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>* Burkina Faso contingent deploys in central Mali town</p> <p>* Other African troops still arriving, logistics an issue</p> <p>* Western, African leaders strongly back Mali intervention</p> <p>By Richard Valdmanis</p> <p>MARKALA, Mali, Jan 24 (Reuters) - A contingent of 160 soldiers from Burkina Faso has deployed to Markala in central Mali, becoming the first West African troops to link up with French and Malian forces moving against al Qaeda-allied Islamist rebels occupying the north.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/burkinabe-troops-join-french-led-push-against-mali-rebels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Mali Politics War War on Terror Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:45:28 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738742 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 6-French, Malian forces capture Gao rebel stronghold http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/update-1-french-forces-mali-seize-airport-bridge-at-rebel-held- <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>* France says about a dozen "terrorists" killed in operation</p> <p>* Gao action reveals rapid French advance against Islamists</p> <p>* AQIM leader vows resistance to "new Crusader aggression"</p> <p>* African force struggles with logistics, seeks help (Adds Panetta, Le Drian call)</p> <p>By Richard Valdmanis and Yann Le Guernigou</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/update-1-french-forces-mali-seize-airport-bridge-at-rebel-held-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Berberism Communes of Mali Entertainment Mali Politics Songhai Empire Technology War War on Terror Thomson Reuters Sat, 26 Jan 2013 13:00:17 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739800 at http://www.globalpost.com Mali crisis could exacerbate security challenges in Libya -UN http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/mali-crisis-could-exacerbate-security-challenges-libya-un <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>* Libya fears flows of militants back into country from Mali</p> <p>* France launched military offensive in Mali against rebels</p> <p>* Niger to allow U.S. to station drones on its territory</p> <p>By Michelle Nichols</p> <p>UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 (Reuters) - A military intervention by France in Mali to combat Islamist rebels could exacerbate a "precarious" security situation in Libya, where armed groups have targeted security officials and diplomats, the United Nations said on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/mali-crisis-could-exacerbate-security-challenges-libya-un" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Libya Mali Politics Technology War Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:45:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741112 at http://www.globalpost.com Nearly 600 Togolese troops now in Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/nearly-600-togolese-troops-now-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>Togo has deployed to Mali 586 of a total of 879 soldiers it pledged as part of an offensive to help the country retake its Islamist-controlled north, an army spokesman said on Thursday.</p> <p>"We currently have about 586 soldiers in Mali...Togo plans to deploy 879 soldiers to Mali," Colonel Djibril Inoussa told AFP.</p> <p>France launched an offensive in Mali on January 11 as Islamists who had ruled the country's north for months advanced south towards the capital Bamako, sparking fears the country could become a haven for extremists and criminal gangs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/nearly-600-togolese-troops-now-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mali Mali AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:15:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5741916 at http://www.globalpost.com No role for NATO in Mali: alliance chief http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/no-role-nato-mali-alliance-chief <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>NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday he saw no role for the Western defence alliance in Mali, but hailed allies who moved to assist the French-led operation.</p> <p>"NATO as such is not engaged in the Mali operation and I don't see a role for NATO as such in Mali," Rasmussen said during a brief visit to Lithuania's capital Vilnius.</p> <p>He commended NATO-member France "for having taken swift and also effective action," stressing "it was high time to stop terrorist groups from advancing in Mali."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/no-role-nato-mali-alliance-chief" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations Mali Military Political geography AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 09:45:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5742693 at http://www.globalpost.com German personnel to join EU training mission in Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/german-personnel-join-eu-training-mission-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>Berlin plans to send around 40 military personnel to Mali as part of a European mission to provide military training to local forces, Germany's defence minister announced Saturday.</p> <p>Germany had not decided the exact number yet but would send "around 40" to begin training in Mali "in late March, early April", Thomas de Maiziere said on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.</p> <p>As Germany's army is under control of the parliament, the Bundestag must first approve the deployment. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/german-personnel-join-eu-training-mission-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mali Mali Republics AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 16:00:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744030 at http://www.globalpost.com US support to France in Mali, by the numbers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/us-support-to-france-in-mali-by-the-numbers <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>The United States has run 30 flights in support of France's efforts in Mali, a US defense spokesman said late Monday.</p> <p>"As of Sunday (February 3), US Air Force C-17s had completed 30 flights transporting approximately 610 personnel and 760 tons of equipment and supplies. This effort began on January 21," said spokesman Major Rob Firman.</p> <p>"Since aerial refueling began January 27, the US Air Force has flown nine missions and offloaded 360,000 pounds of fuel to French aircraft," he added.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/us-support-to-france-in-mali-by-the-numbers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mali Mali War AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 06:30:59 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746055 at http://www.globalpost.com 1,800 Chadian soldiers securing Mali's Kidal: France http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/1800-chadian-soldiers-securing-malis-kidal-france <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>About 1,800 Chadian soldiers have entered the northern Mali city of Kidal to "secure" what was the last stronghold of Islamist rebels, the French defence ministry said on Tuesday.</p> <p>A ministry official said French forces, now numbering 4,000 in Mali, also took control and were securing the city's airport following paratrooper reinforcements.</p> <p>The official said French air strikes against rebel positions in the Kidal region had hit 25 targets in recent days, "mainly logistical depots and training centres" in the areas of Aguelhok and Tessalit.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/1800-chadian-soldiers-securing-malis-kidal-france" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Communes of Mali Mali Tuareg AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:16:08 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746302 at http://www.globalpost.com Germany to send military doctors to Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/germany-send-military-doctors-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>Germany announced Tuesday it would send around 40 military doctors to Mali in addition to personnel it already promised last week, Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in a newspaper report to be published Wednesday.</p> <p>"Germany has agreed to send around 40 military doctors as no other state said it was ready to do so," Maiziere said in an extract of the interview in the daily Tagesspiegel.</p> <p>The decision was taken during talks on Mali in Brussels Tuesday with representatives from the United Nations, African Union and a number of governments and aid groups.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/germany-send-military-doctors-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mali Mali Republics AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:16:32 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746894 at http://www.globalpost.com