Al Qaeda group claims kidnapping of Australians in Burkina Faso

CAIRO The militant group al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of two Australians near Burkina Faso's border with Mali on Jan. 15, according to an audio statement on Friday.

U.N. police base in Mali's Timbuktu retaken from Islamist militants 05 Feb 2016

BAMAKO Malian troops backed by U.N. helicopters stormed a U.N. police base in the city of Timbuktu and recaptured it from suspected Islamist militants who had seized it hours before on Friday, the United Nations said.

Gunmen attack U.N. base, army checkpoint in Mali's Timbuktu - sources 05 Feb 2016

BAMAKO Unknown assailants attacked a U.N. peacekeeping base and a Malian army checkpoint on the outskirts of Mali's northern city of Timbuktu early on Friday, residents and military sources said.

Four soldiers killed in two separate attacks in northern Mali 28 Jan 2016

BAMAKO Four Malian soldiers were killed on Thursday, the army said, in two separate attacks in the country's desert north where an Islamist insurgency has re-erupted in recent months.

German parliament approves more soldiers for Mali, Iraq 28 Jan 2016

BERLIN The German parliament approved government plans on Thursday to send up to 650 soldiers to Mali, boosting its presence in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the West African country which is beset by Islamist militant violence.


Al Qaeda group releases video of Swiss hostage - monitor 26 Jan 2016

DAKAR Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a video of a Swiss nun who had been kidnapped in northern Mali nearly three weeks ago in the first claim of responsibility for the hostage-taking, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

Senegal interrogates 900 people in counter-terrorism operation 26 Jan 2016

DAKAR Senegal said on Tuesday it had interrogated some 900 people over a three-day period as part of efforts to prevent attacks by Islamist militants following a series of strikes in the region.

Three Mali gendarmes killed in armed raid in central Mali 20 Jan 2016

BAMAKO Gunmen killed three gendarmes in an overnight ambush near a town in central Mali, the defence ministry said on Wednesday, confirming the latest in a growing wave of attacks that risk spilling over into Mali's West African neighbours.


Burkina Faso and Mali to coordinate forces after deadly attacks 18 Jan 2016

OUAGADOUGOU Burkina Faso and Mali have agreed to work together to counter the growing threat of Islamic militants in West Africa by sharing intelligence and conducting joint security patrols following two deadly and well-coordinated attacks in the region.

Burkina strike boldest yet as Islamist insurgency pushes south 17 Jan 2016

DAKAR In a 2013 speech claiming victory over jihadists in Mali who had seized the north a year earlier, French President Francois Hollande said that if it had not been for his nation's military intervention, "today we would have terrorists here in Bamako".