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:   Un rapport de la CMA accuse la Plateforme pro-Bamako d'exactions (news)
Radio France Internationale
1 October 2016

Au Mali, la situation demeure calme depuis plusieurs jours à Kidal. Des discussions sont censées y être relancées. Les combats entre les ex-rebelles de la CMA et les ... [read more]

Mali:   Bamako déroule le tapis rouge pour le vice-président indien (news)
Radio France Internationale
1 October 2016

C'est la fin d'une visite de 48 heures au Mali du vice-président indien. Il a été notamment reçu par le président Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. Le marché ... [read more]

Mali:   Silence des autorités face aux accusations des Etats-Unis sur le Gatia (news)
Radio France Internationale
29 September 2016

Au Mali, la polémique enfle autour du général Ag Gamou et de ses liens, supposés ou réels, avec le Gatia. Ce général de l'armée malienne aurait ... [read more]

blogAfrica is'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!