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  • France begins ground offensive in Mali

    01/16/2013 7:28:53 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 39 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 16 January 2013 | Aman Sethi
    A week after French aircraft rushed to the aid of a defeated and demoralised Malian army, French ground forces have begun fighting alongside the Malian army in Diabaly, a town 350 km north of capital Bamako. Since last year, northern Mali has been overrun by Islamist rebels organised under the banners of the Ansar Dine, the Movement for Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Last Friday, France sent in jets, helicopter gunships, and special forces to Central Mali as Islamist rebels advanced till 50 km from a major military base in Sevare, and captured...
  • Mali Islamists 'enter' Konna after clashes with army ('Mujao' risin'?)

    01/10/2013 2:07:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/10/13 | BBC
    Militants Islamist in Mali say they have entered the key central town of Konna, advancing further into government-held territory. This is the most serious fighting since Islamist groups captured the north from government forces in April 2012. The army has not commented on the claim by the Ansar Dine group that its fighters are in Konna. Earlier, it said it had advanced on Douentza, a central town held by another Islamist group. A resident in Douentza said no fighting had so far taken place for control of the town, about 800km (500 miles) north-east of the capital, Bamako. It was...
  • Mali Rebels Merge, Plan to Create Islamic State

    05/27/2012 12:20:38 PM PDT · by Theoria · 3 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 27 May 2012 | Anne Look
    BAMAKO - Tuareg rebels and Islamist militants have joined forces in northern Mali and say they will create an independent Islamist state. The groups took advantage of a military coup in Bamako to seize control of the territory in early April. Resistance is growing in the north to the efforts to introduce Islamic law. In the northern Malian town of Gao, court is in session. Commissioner Abdoulaye Maiga begins by reading from the Quran in the roadside courtyard outside the former police station. Once an area businessman, Maiga is a member of the militant Islamist sect Ansar Dine that residents...
  • French leader urges UN to back African force for Mali

    09/27/2012 7:09:33 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 1 replies
    AP ^ | September 27, 2012 | Herve Asquin
    French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday urged the global community to help defuse a crisis in Mali by giving United Nations backing to a West African-led military intervention. Hollande, making his first speech to the UN General Assembly, said Mali needs help to seize back territory from Islamist rebels, who captured the north and east of the country after a coup created a power vacuum in March. France has offered to supply logistical support for any military force, in what is a delicate situation for the former colonial power, with six French hostages held in the area by AQIM. The...
  • Mali: France pointed against al-Qaeda

    09/26/2012 9:55:01 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Le Figaro ^ | September 24, 2012 | Isabelle Lasserre
    Paris and its allies are working on an intervention to rid the region of the terrorist threat. The principle of military action against AQIM (al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) is now established. The capitals of numerous countries are actively working to develop a politico-military strategy intended to rid the region of the terrorist threat. Because it is targeted by AQIM, France is at the forefront of future operation, which will be composed of the backbone forces of ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West Africa. Bogged down in Afghanistan for over ten years, their budget strained, the French army were warned...
  • West African Military Chiefs Meet to Plan Mali Move

    09/14/2012 2:15:10 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 10 replies
    ABC ^ | September 14, 2012 | AP
    The military chiefs of 15 West Africa nations have begun deliberations to "finalize a roadmap" for an armed intervention in Mali, whose northern half is occupied by al-Qaida-linked Islamists. Interim President Dioncounda Traore on Sept. 1 asked the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, for air support to destroy rebel bases and for five battalions to help reconquer northern towns. The meeting's agenda includes a review of that request and a presentation of a deployment plan.
  • Intervening in Mali: West African Nations Plan Offensive against Islamists and Tuareg Rebels

    As Tuareg rebels battle radical Islamists with heavy weapons for control of the northern Mali city of Gao, Mali and the other 15 nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are planning a military offensive designed to drive both groups out of northern Mali in an effort to re-impose order in the region and prevent the six-month old conflict from destabilizing the entire region. So far, however, operational planning has not been detailed enough to gain the approval of the UN Security Council for authorization of a Chapter Seven military intervention, leaving ECOWAS and the African Union...
  • LIBERIA: Annan asks for 15,000 UN peacekeepers for Liberia

    09/16/2003 12:21:11 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 231+ views
    ABIDJAN, 16 Sep 2003 (IRIN) - UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Tuesday asked the Security Council to authorize the deployment of 15,000 peacekeeping troops and 875 police officers to war-ravaged Liberia, as part of an enlarged UN mission to the West African country. He said in a report to the Security Council that the mission, to be known as UNMIL, would support the Transitional Government headed by businessman Gyude Bryant, which is due to take office on 14 October, and help it to extend state authority throughout Liberia. Bryant was chosen by a Liberian peace conference last month...
  • African media fears over Liberia

    08/10/2003 2:10:47 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 4 replies · 178+ views
    BBC ^ | 08/10/03 | BBC
    African media fears over Liberia The arrival of Nigerian peacekeepers in Monrovia received a cautious welcome in African newspapers this week. But Africa's ability to tackle the situation and Nigeria's offer of asylum to beleaguered President Charles Taylor were questioned, and there was scorn for the US's apparent decision to be only "symbolically" involved. The New Democrat , a Netherlands-based web newspaper styling itself "an independent Liberian voice", had stern warnings for those seeking to restore order in the country. On the one hand, it said, Liberians should abandon any thought of the USA riding to the rescue. "All players......
  • Bush OKs Small Support Force for Liberia

    08/05/2003 11:29:11 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 41 replies · 188+ views
    Associated Press | August 5, 2003
    CRAWFORD, Texas Aug. 5 — President Bush has authorized a small contingent of U.S. troops to enter Liberia to provide logistical support for West African peacekeeping forces in the war-ravaged country, a senior administration official said Tuesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Bush approved the contingent of six-10 U.S. troops Tuesday morning, at his ranch. The troops could enter Liberia as early as Wednesday, the official said, and the team could grow to as large as 20 in coming days. A defense official in Washington, also speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the deployment, but...
  • Marines may head into Liberia

    08/05/2003 1:00:49 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 186+ views
    Associated Press | August 5, 2003
    U.S. Marines may soon go ashore in Liberia. A senior government official, who doesn't want to be identified, said there is a probability that Marines will be sent in to assist. They are currently on warships off the Liberian coast. Peacekeepers from other African countries began arriving in Liberia Monday and are setting up defenses at the main airport. Officers said they won't move into Monrovia until more troops arrive. Liberian President Charles Taylor has promised to step down, but only when enough peacekeepers arrive, and after a war crimes indictment against him is dropped. Copyright 2003 Associated Press,...
  • Taylor waffles on leaving Liberia [Demands war crimes charges be dropped]

    08/05/2003 12:59:09 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 219+ views
    CBC News ^ | August 5, 2003
    MONROVIA - Liberia's president appears to be backing away from a promise to leave his war-battered country and take up asylum in Nigeria. Charles Taylor agreed to quit his post next Monday in a bid to end fighting between government forces and rebel groups. But on Tuesday, a Nigerian official said Taylor is now demanding that a war crimes court in neighbouring Sierra Leone drop charges against him before he leaves the country. Taylor's latest demand comes just a day after the first contingent of West African troops arrived in Liberia to oversee his departure. Nigerian soldiers arrived by...
  • Liberia - Taylor warned of forfeiting exile offer

    08/03/2003 11:55:30 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 165+ views
    BBC News ^ | August 3, 2003
    The United Nations special envoy to Liberia has warned that if the country's President, Charles Taylor, delays his departure too long he could lose the chance of escaping into exile. "He's been provided a safe haven in Nigeria, but I'm afraid if he plays around too long that he may very well lose that opportunity as well," Jacques Klein said in a BBC interview. "He's a psychopathic killer so we don't know when he's going to resign or what he's going to do," Mr Klein told the World This Weekend programme. Mr Taylor has said he will step down...
  • Security Council Multinational Force to Support Ceasefire in Liberia (Text of Resolution 1497)

    08/02/2003 8:20:21 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 109+ views
    Security Council 4803rd Meeting (Evening) SECURITY COUNCIL AUTHORIZES MULTINATIONAL FORCE TO SUPPORT CEASEFIRE IN LIBERIA Resolution 1497 (2003) Adopted by 12-0-3 (France, Germany, Mexico);Also Declares Readiness to Deploy UN Peacekeeping Force by 1 October Deeply concerned over the deteriorating situation in Liberia and consequent tragic loss of countless innocent lives, the Security Council this evening authorized a Multinational Force to support implementation of the 17 June ceasefire agreement there using all necessary measures", and declared its readiness to deploy a United Nations peacekeeping force by 1 October to assist in reaching a comprehensive peace agreement. Adopting resolution 1497 (2003)...
  • Liberia - West African envoys say Taylor agrees to cede power on Aug. 11

    08/02/2003 8:39:10 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 138+ views
    Associated Press | August 2, 2003 | ALEXANDRA ZAVIS
    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Pressured by West African leaders, President Charles Taylor promised Saturday to resign Aug. 11 after the expected arrival of peacekeepers, as his forces stepped up their battle against rebels for Monrovia's port. As fighting surged in the city outside, Taylor told reporters at his lavish Atlantic Ocean mansion that he would hand over power during a joint session of Liberia's congress next week. Taylor said he would step down the morning of Aug. 11 and "and the new guy will have to be sworn in." But he refused to say when he would leave Liberia,...
  • U.S. Calls for a Vote by Saturday on Authorizing a Multinational Force in Liberia

    08/01/2003 5:16:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 102+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 1, 2003 | Edith M. Lederer
    The United States called for a vote by late Saturday on a U.N. resolution authorizing a multinational force to help implement a cease-fire in war-ravaged Liberia. With West African leaders preparing to send the first contingent of Nigerian peacekeeping troops to Liberia on Monday, the United States said Friday it wants quick Security Council action on its resolution to establish an international force for a limited period. It makes no mention of U.S. troops participating. "We are introducing our Liberia resolution today and expect to vote within the next 24 hours," said Richard Grenell, spokesman for U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte....
  • U.S. Warships to Reach Liberia Coast by Saturday

    07/31/2003 5:18:48 PM PDT · by Brian S · 6 replies · 161+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07-31-03
    Thu July 31, 2003 06:29 PM ET By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lead ships in a U.S. Navy Amphibious Ready Group are expected to arrive off the coast of Liberia by Saturday, but no decision has been made on whether to put any of the 2,300 Marines aboard on the ground in the West African country, U.S. officials said on Thursday. A senior defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States will have "forces closer to Liberia available for whatever purpose the president may decide may be necessary." The official added that "at the moment,...
  • Bush orders troops to war-torn Liberia

    07/25/2003 10:44:51 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 42 replies · 233+ views ^ | July 25, 2003 | WND
    THE NEW WORLD DISORDER Bush orders troops to war-torn Liberia 'Limited numbers' of U.S. soldiers to support peacekeeping force until U.N. relieves them Posted: July 25, 2003 1:00 p.m. Eastern © 2003 President George W. Bush has ordered U.S. troops to the coast of war-torn Liberia to support international peacekeepers in delivering humanitarian aid. The White House released a statement this morning announcing the decision, and Bush addressed the topic following a joint press conference with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas. "U.S. troops will be there to help ECOWAS [Economic Community of the Western African States] go in and...
  • U.S. refuses broad Liberia mission demanded by Taylor

    07/15/2003 11:50:33 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 145+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2003 | By Joseph Curl
    <p>The White House yesterday rejected Liberian President Charles Taylor's demand that his departure would require a massive, 10-year rebuilding effort led by the United States and said the former warlord must leave immediately.</p> <p>"We've made clear that Charles Taylor needs to leave," White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said. "We've made that very clear."</p>
  • Bush Nears Decision on Liberia Troops, Powell Says

    07/10/2003 12:49:41 PM PDT · by Brian S · 5 replies · 184+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07-10-03
    July 10 — By Randall Mikkelsen PRETORIA, South Africa (Reuters) - President Bush will be ready to decide within days whether to send U.S. peacekeepers to enforce a cease-fire in Liberia, Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Thursday. "I expect that over the next several days...the president will be in a position to make a decision," Powell told reporters covering a trip by Bush to Africa. Whatever role the United States plays will be "very limited in duration and scope," and intended to mainly ensure the arrival of West African peacekeepers under the regional Economic Community of West African...