Latest Malian armed forces News

Mali prime minister lashes out at France, UN, regional bloc

Sep. 24, 2022 12:51 PM EDT

Mali’s prime minister lashed out Saturday at former colonizer France, the U.N. secretary-general and many people in between, saying that the tumultuous country had been “stabbed in the back" by the French military withdrawal. In the same remarks, Abdoulaye Maiga praised the “exemplary and...

Mali marks independence day amid tensions, uncertainty

Sep. 22, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian authorities held a traditional military parade Thursday to make the country's first independence day celebration since French troops departed after nine years of fighting Islamic extremists in its one-time colony. The festivities, featuring fighter planes...

Mali launches air strikes after militants seize village

Sep. 07, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The Malian military launched air strikes Wednesday near a village that witnesses said had been seized by extremists with ties to the Islamic State group. Witnesses reported the takeover of Talataye, in Mali’s northern Gao region, on Tuesday. The development...

Mali releases 3 Ivorian soldiers; 46 others still detained

Sep. 03, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Three female Ivorian soldiers arrived home late Saturday after being detained for nearly two months in Mali, while 46 others remain jailed in a case that has heightened tensions between the West African neighbors. Togolese Foreign Affairs Minister Robert...

Mali accuses France of colluding with Islamic extremists

Aug. 18, 2022 06:53 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's foreign minister is accusing France of having colluded with the same Islamic extremists that it spent nearly a decade fighting until its troops departed earlier this week, an allegation sharply denied by the French government. The inflammatory letter sent...

Mali charges 49 Ivory Coast soldiers detained since July

Aug. 15, 2022 13:19 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Mali prosecutor says the 49 Ivory Coast soldiers held in Mali since July on accusations of being mercenaries have now been charged with undermining state security. Mali’s prosecutor in the counterterrorism unit gave the update on the soldiers’ situation....

French military: Last group of soldiers has left Mali

Aug. 15, 2022 12:09 PM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — The last French army unit left Mali on Monday, according to a statement from the French military, nine years after Paris sent troops to the West African country to help drive Islamic extremists from power. France's armed forces completed their withdrawal from...

Germany suspends participation in Mali military mission

Aug. 12, 2022 08:05 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany announced Friday that it was suspending its participation in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali after the West African nation refused to grant a civilian aircraft carrying German troops permission to use its airspace. The flight was part of a troop rotation,...

UN experts: Malian military and 'white' soldiers killed 33

Aug. 05, 2022 22:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts said in a new report that Malian armed forces allegedly carried out an operation with “white-skinned soldiers” near the border with Mauritania in March, shooting and burning at least 33 civilians in one of several operations where the country’s ruling...

Mali's capital Bamako boosts security fearing jihadi attacks

Aug. 04, 2022 03:02 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — In Bamako's popular Darsalam neighborhood, a young gendarme stands by a newly barricaded street, his hand on the trigger of a rifle pointed slightly to the ground. The armed policeman is a sign of how Mali's bustling capital of more than 2.5 million people on...