Mali dedicates restored UNESCO mosque at center of ICC case

Mali dedicates restored UNESCO mosque at center of ICC case

The restored Sidi Yahia mosque in Timbuktu was unveiled this week in a ceremony attended by about 100 Mali political and religious leaders, the AFP reports. The 15th-century mosque, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998, was damaged by jihadists in 2012. UNESCO specialists spent five months this…

How Cigarette Smuggling Funds al-Qaeda in Africa

How Cigarette Smuggling Funds al-Qaeda in Africa

Algerian-born Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the leader of al-Qaeda affiliate al-Murabitoon, is one of the world’s most wanted terrorists and one of Africa’s most dangerous men. A former mujahedeen fighter against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, Belmokhtar went on to join the Islamist insurgency in Algeria in the 1990s and later became…

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Mali declares state of emergency

After the deadly attacks on Friday, killing 21 people in the Radisson Blu Hotel in the center of the capital, Bamako, Mali, the government has declared a 10-day state of emergency. Seven people were also wounded during the attack. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita declared a three-day mourning period for the…

Mali: path to peace and stability is full of obstructions

Yesterday, the United Nations envoy in Mali told the Security Council that the path to peace and stability in the country is full of obstructions. Mongi Hamdi, Special Representative and head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in his statement to the Council said “Violations…

Mali: 19 people dead after canoe capsizes

Reportedly 19 people have died when an overcrowded canoe capsized in Mali, local authorities told AFP on Thursday. This is the second time such an incident occurred in the west African nation in four months. “19 people were killed, four are missing and 70 survived,” Oumar Sanke who work at…

Two Malian soldiers killed by unidentified gunmen

Unidentified gunmen have killed two Malian soldiers when they attacked a checkpoint of the outskirts of Timbuktu, military sources told Reuters. Another soldier was wounded in the attack on Tuesday. Army spokesman Colonel Souleymane Maiga informed Reuters that “the attack by armed men took place at 3 a.m. this morning…