April 6, 2012 |
BAMAKO, Mali — Mali's Tuareg rebels, who have seized control of the country's north in the aftermath of a military coup in the capital, declared the independence Friday of what they called their Azawad nation. "We, the people of the Azawad," they said on the rebel Web site, "proclaim the irrevocable independence of the state of the Azawad starting from this day, Friday, April 6, 2012. " The military chiefs of 13 of Mali's neighbors met Thursday in Ivory Coast to hash out plans for a military intervention to push back the rebels...
January 18, 2013 |
THE TAKING of American hostages by Islamic militants who attacked a gas field in Algeria on Wednesday served to underline the reality that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and the jihadist factions affiliated with it pose a direct threat to the United States. The group is active not just in Algeria and neighboring Libya — where it is believed to have played a role in the fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi in September — but also in Mali, where militants have taken over territory the size of Texas and...
December 11, 2012 |
NAIROBI — Mali's prime minister was arrested and forced to resign Tuesday by soldiers who orchestrated a military coup in March, bringing fresh turmoil to the West African country, which is also struggling with the seizure of its north by Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda. The arrest of Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra late Monday as he was preparing to leave for Paris for medical treatment was followed a few hours later by his forced resignation, along with the dissolution of his government.
January 18, 2013
The choices that U.S. officials are reportedly considering for a military intervention in Mali have grave implications [" U.S. weighs military aid for France in Mali ," news story, Jan. 16]. The Post reported that a senior U.S. official said, "Contingency plans for the use of armed drones were already in place and are being reevaluated. " Congress has not authorized U.S. military action in Mali. Without such authorization, the Obama administration cannot send armed drones to Mali under the War Powers...
January 11, 2013 |
FOR MONTHS, it has been evident to many global observers that a military intervention would be necessary in Mali, where Islamist radicals seized the northern half of the country last April. But planning for such an operation by African nations was prolonged, and though the U.N. Security Council approved an intervention, its deployment was not envisioned until this autumn. On Friday, French President Francois Hollande sent troops to Mali to confront the radicals, a decisive break in the international strategy and one that signals difficult choices to...
July 8, 2012 |
In pre-dawn darkness, a Toyota Land Cruiser skidded off a bridge in North Africa in the spring, plunging into the Niger River. When rescuers arrived, they found the bodies of three U.S. Army commandos — alongside three dead women. What the men were doing in the impoverished country of Mali, and why they were still there a month after the United States suspended military relations with its government, is at the crux of a mystery that officials have not fully explained even 10 weeks...