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UN condemns attacks on blue helmets, armed forces in Mali

The UN Security Council Thursday issued a statement condemning in the strongest terms the attack that targeted a convoy of MINUSMA (UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali), in the axis between Boni and Douentza. Underlining that “attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law,” the Council members paid tribute to the peacekeepers […]

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G5 Sahel force: International donor conference raises €414m

An international high-level conference on the Sahel held in Brussels last weekend raised €414 million to support the G5 Sahel Force. Co-chaired by the European Union (EU), the United Nations, the African Union and the G5 Sahel group countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger), the donor conference saw the participation of 50 countries, […]

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Mali: French troops kill at least 10 jihadists near Algeria

At least 10 suspected jihadists have been killed in a raid conducted by French air force on Wednesday in northeast Mali near the border with Algeria, Le360 Afrique portal reported. The offensive was part of France’s Operation Barkhane, near Tinzaouaten at the Algerian border, military sources were quoted as saying. The raid lasted for about […]

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Al Qaida Attack Kills 14 Soldiers in Mali

Al Qaeda has hit again in northern Mali killing at least 14 Malian soldiers and wounding 18 others in the worst attack on security forces in the West African country in more than a year. Malian military Spokesperson said that 17 terrorists were killed on the scene of the attack, which targeted a military base […]

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Landmine explosion kills 26 civilians in central Mali

A landmine explosion in a civilian passenger vehicle has killed 26 people in Central Mali on Thursday, state TV reported. According to Malian army spokesman Colonel Diarran Kone, the vehicle had crossed the volatile border with neighboring Burkina Faso, where militants loyal to the Islamic State group are known to operate, when it ran over […]

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Twenty delegations join G5-Sahel force summit in France

The five heads of state of the G5-Sahel joint force are meeting French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in France this Wednesday (Dec. 13). The about twenty attending delegations will discuss means to strengthen international mobilization for the benefit of the ongoing effort to combat armed groups in the Sahel region. Saudi […]

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Saudi Arabia pledges $100 million to G5 Sahel military force

Saudi Arabia has promised up to $100 million to support the Joint counterterrorism force, set up by the Group of Five Sahel States, known as G5-Sahel. The force, which was authorized by the African Union Peace and Security Council in April 2017 and strengthened by UN Security Council Resolution 2359 in June, needs roughly $500 […]

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Mali’s gold mining revenues soared 14% in 2016

Gold mining revenues in Mali have increased by 14 percent in 2016 to $505 million, Mines Minister Tiemoko Sangare said on Tuesday. The income rise of Africa’s third-biggest gold producer coincided with an 8.5 percent rise in the price of gold in 2016, Reuters reported. Mali’s industrial gold production rose negligibly from 2015 to 2016, […]

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Algeria’s coastguard intercepts 286 migrants en route to Europe

Algeria’s Defense Ministry on Sunday said coastguard has picked up 286 would-be illegal migrants heading across the Mediterranean to Europe by boat. According to a ministry statement released by the state-run news agency, APS, the migrants were detained on several boats between Thursday and Saturday. The number of illegal migrants detained in the North African […]

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The G5-sahel initiative gets $60 million boost from the US

The United States on Monday promised up to $60 million to support the G5-Sahel Joint Force’s counter-terrorism efforts, the State Department said in a statement. The US has been very reluctant to support the G5-Sahel 5,000 troops made up with forces from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania since the beginning of the negotiations. […]

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