Latest Malian armed forces News

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...

Attacks in central Mali kill 3 civilians, 15 soldiers

Jul. 28, 2022 11:41 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — At least three civilians and 15 soldiers have been killed in separate attacks in central Mali, the army said, the latest round of attacks as insecurity worsens in the West African nation. Two attacks Wednesday targeted Mali army positions in the center of the...

Jihadi rebels attack key military base near Mali's capital

Jul. 22, 2022 12:09 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Jihadi rebels have attacked Mali's Kati military base on the outskirts of the capital city Bamako, the ruling junta confirmed Friday. It's the first time Kati, Mali's largest military base, has been hit by extremist rebels in their more than 10-year insurgency...

Mali's government asking UN mission spokesman to leave

Jul. 20, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Mali’s government has given the United Nations mission in Mali spokesman 72 hours to leave the country following a standoff between the West African country and Ivory Coast over the detention of 49 soldiers who came to Mali to support a security group contracted by the...

Attack outside Mali's capital kills 6, wounds others

Jul. 15, 2022 14:11 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Gunmen attacked a Malian army checkpoint outside Bamako, killing at least six people and wounding several others, officials said Friday, raising concerns as attacks by jihadist groups move closer to the capital. “Last night, the post of Zantiguila was the...

Ivory Coast calls on Mali to immediately release 49 soldiers

Jul. 12, 2022 15:00 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast officials called on Mali to immediately release 49 of its soldiers who were arrested Sunday at the international airport in Bamako, refuting accusations they were mercenaries. “Contrary to the allegations ... these soldiers are regularly...

2 Egyptian peacekeepers killed, 5 others injured in Mali

Jul. 05, 2022 14:11 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Two United Nations peacekeepers from Egypt were killed and five others seriously wounded when their vehicle hit a landmine planted by suspected jihadis in northern Mali on Tuesday, the U.N. said. The deadly attack comes just days after the renewal of the mandate...

European force battling extremists withdraws from Mali

Jul. 01, 2022 08:35 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A European military task force that helped Mali's government fight Islamic extremists has formally withdrawn from the West African country amid tensions with its ruling military junta. The French military, which spearheaded the Takuba task force, announced Friday that...

UN keeps peacekeepers in Mali as Russia and China abstain

Jun. 29, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted Wednesday to maintain the U.N. peacekeeping mission in turmoil-wracked Mali, while condemning the West African nation's military rulers for using mercenaries that commit human rights and humanitarian violations. The council also...