Connect to share and comment

US support to France in Mali, by the numbers

The United States has run 30 flights in support of France's efforts in Mali, a US defense spokesman said late Monday. "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. "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.

German personnel to join EU training mission in Mali

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. 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. As Germany's army is under control of the parliament, the Bundestag must first approve the deployment.

No role for NATO in Mali: alliance chief

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. "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. 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."

Nearly 600 Togolese troops now in Mali

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. "We currently have about 586 soldiers in Mali...Togo plans to deploy 879 soldiers to Mali," Colonel Djibril Inoussa told AFP. 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.

Mali crisis could exacerbate security challenges in Libya -UN

* Libya fears flows of militants back into country from Mali * France launched military offensive in Mali against rebels * Niger to allow U.S. to station drones on its territory By Michelle Nichols 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.

UPDATE 6-French, Malian forces capture Gao rebel stronghold

* France says about a dozen "terrorists" killed in operation * Gao action reveals rapid French advance against Islamists * AQIM leader vows resistance to "new Crusader aggression" * African force struggles with logistics, seeks help (Adds Panetta, Le Drian call) By Richard Valdmanis and Yann Le Guernigou

Burkinabe troops join French-led push against Mali rebels

* Burkina Faso contingent deploys in central Mali town * Other African troops still arriving, logistics an issue * Western, African leaders strongly back Mali intervention By Richard Valdmanis 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.

UPDATE 2-Nigeria to keep troops in Mali until crisis resolved

* Mali rebels seen linked to Nigeria's Boko Haram * Nigeria deploys 1,200 troops to Mali conflict * President says Nigeria needs to show leadership (Adds quotes throughout, background on Boko Haram) By Emma Farge 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.

UPDATE 1-UK may offer France more military aid for Mali mission

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. 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.

RPT-ANALYSIS-After Algerian incident, W.Africa fears Mali spillover

(Repeats Jan 18 story) By David Lewis 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. 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.
Syndicate content