Morning Brief: French fight against rebels in Mali intensifies

From Foreign Policy Thu Jan 17 2013, 08:31:39

French fight against rebels in Mali intensifies

Top news: France's military campaign in Mali intensified on Wednesday as its forces pushed north in an attempt to dislodge Islamist rebel groups, bringing French troops into direct combat with rebels who appear to have dug in and prepared for an extended fight.

Continuing a two-pronged assault with air strikes and a ground assault, French forces alongside Malian troops ringed the town of Diabaly, where militants have spread throughout the population and continued air-strikes have failed to rout the rebels. Fighting to expel the rebels from the city took place for much of the day Wednesday, but as of Thursday morning it appeared the rebels had managed to hold on to the city amid continuing reports of French airstrikes there. Meanwhile, the French army launched strikes against the rebel-held town Konna, whose capture first sparked the French intervention.

In an attack that may confirm French fears of international reprisals in response to its intervention in Mali, a tense hostage crisis has developed in Algeria, where militants struck a BP gas field and took several foreigners hostage, including some Americans. Some 15 to 25 foreigners are said to have escaped, but the standoff between the militants and the Algerian government, which is considering considering inviting an international force, continues unabated.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Mali:   Attentats au Nord-Mali - L'antidote viendra peut-être d'Alger (news)
L'Observateur Paalga
29 September 2014

Ainsi que Jean-Yves Le Drian l'indiquait il y a seulement quelques mois, l'opération Serval ayant pleinement rempli sa mission, «maintenant il y a le souci pour nous et pour les pays de ... [read more]

Africa:   Algerian Writer Wins World French Literature Prize (news)
Radio France Internationale
29 September 2014

The Algerian journalist Kamel Daoud was named in Paris on Monday as the winner of a major world prize for French literature, for his novel "Mersault the counter-enquiry". [read more]

Algérie:   Kamel Daoud lauréat du prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie (news)
Algerie Presse Service
30 September 2014

Le Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie 2014 a été attribué, à Paris, à l'écrivain et journaliste algérien Kamel Daoud pour son premier roman ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!