Côte d’Ivoire, UK latest to pull troops out of Mali

Côte d’Ivoire, UK latest to pull troops out of Mali

Côte d’Ivoire has been one of the Top 10 nations to contribute troops to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, but the government has announced it’s pulling out of the mission in a letter sent to the UN. The letter, according to Radio France International (RFI), confirms Abidjan’s decision…

Germany suspends UN peacekeeping role in Mali

Germany suspends UN peacekeeping role in Mali

Germany has suspended its participation in MINUSMA, the United Nations mission in Mali, after a rotation flight carrying soldiers to and from the Sahel nation didn’t receive overflight and landing rights from the government. “Once again, the Malian rulers have denied MINUSMA overflight rights,” said German defense minister Christine Lambrecht….

U.S. adds new sanctions to Pevgeniy Prigozhin over Ukraine invasion

The United States has broadened its efforts to place sanctions against Russian elites in connection with the armed conflict in Ukraine, this time adding a group of individuals that includes Pevgeniy Prigozhin, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Prigozhin was previously targeted by the U.S. Department of Treasury for…

Mali confirms Russian fighter presence near Timbuktu

Russian troops have been deployed in Mali, where they will serve as military trainers for the Malian defense forces near the city of Timbuktu. That’s according to a government spokesman cited by Reuters and other international news agencies. Witnesses living in the region told Reuters they had seen uniformed Russian…

Lavrov defends Russia’s role in Sahel, confirms Wagner plans

The Russian foreign ministry confirmed reports that Mali plans to hire contractors with the Wagner Group to fight extremism in the Sahel, but insisted again that the private company is not operating under Moscow’s control. The remarks from Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov followed questions about the presence of Wagner…

Amnesty: Europe’s weapons sales are arming Sahel extremists

Weapons from Serbia and other European nations are being used by extremists in the Sahel and supporting armed conflict, according to a new Amnesty International report. The global NGO said it reviewed more than 400 pieces of digital media from Burkina Faso and Mali, including verified photos and videos posted…

Mali confirms knife attack on Goïta during Eid prayers

Officials in Mali say an attempted attack on interim leader Assimi Goïta on Tuesday was unsuccessful, and that they’re investigating the incident. Goïta was at the Grand Mosque in Bamako when an assailant with a knife approached him, according to an Agence France-Presse journalist who witnessed the attack. Mali’s transitional president…

African Union, ECOWAS suspend Mali over coup

The African Union has suspended Mali’s membership following the second coup in the Sahel nation within the past year. The AU said it “totally rejects coups d’état and unconstitutional changes of government,” in a communique issued late Tuesday by the Peace and Security Council. The statement also called on the…