In Mali, Now Comes the Hard Part Beginning in January, French and Malian forces took just over a month to rid Mali’s north of Islamic militants. The Tuareg-dominated MNLA however claims a remote, remaining area. With elections scheduled the end of July, most Malians are refusing to compromise Kidal, a city in the far north-east, is the hub ...
June 18, 2013 - Foreign Policy Blogs
Mali says reaches deal with Tuareg rebels By Mathieu Bonkoungou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Mali is ready to sign a deal with Tuareg separatist rebels on Tuesday, paving the way for Malian government troops to return to the rebel-held northern town of Kidal ahead of an election next month, Mali's chief negotiator said. Bamako has made clear that it wants its civilian administration and army reinstated in the rebel stronghold before the vote ...
June 18, 2013 - Reuters via Yahoo! News
Mali and Tuareg rebels sign accord OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Mali, which lost half its territory last year to a rebel invasion, signed an accord Tuesday with Tuareg separatists who still control the country's northernmost province, paving the way for the Malian military to return to the areas that remain under rebel control.
June 18, 2013 - Associated Press via Yahoo! News
Moctar Ouane in International Herald Tribune Up until this moment, the presence of these hostages in Malian territory has not been confirmed by the relevant services,Ouane told a meeting with foreign diplomats. "But the search is actively continuing."
Austin Eguavoen in AFP We were unlucky and did not take our chances against Ivory Coast. We also failed to beat a very determined Malian team. It seems our opponents are extra-motivated when they face us,said Eguavoen.