France, Mali mourn 13 soldiers killed in helicopter crash

France, Mali mourn 13 soldiers killed in helicopter crash

Military leaders and dignitaries traveled from France to Mali on Wednesday to pay tribute to 13 soldiers killed earlier this week in a helicopter collision while supporting anti-terrorism efforts in the Sahel. The crash happened in the dark as the helicopters flew low over ground operations in the Liptako Gourma…

UN Security Council extends sanctions in Mali

The United Nations Security Council agreed on Thursday to extend sanctions imposed in Mali against those who are interfering with the progress of a 2015 peace agreement for the Sahel nation. The sanctions, now in force until the end of August 2020, were first put in place in 2017. They…

ICRC suspends Timbuktu work after yet another vehicle theft

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it is suspending operations in the Timbuktu region of Mali after yet another attack by an armed group on Monday, this time again stealing one of the organization’s vehicles. The humanitarian aid organization said the clearly marked Red Cross vehicle was…

MINUSMA responds to Mali attack that claimed 100 lives

MINUSMA, the United Nations mission in Mali, has confirmed that some 100 civilians including women and children were killed in the village of Sobanou-Kou in the Mopti region during an attack by armed men on Sunday night. Witnesses and local officials say there are many wounded as well in this…

HRW: Tourists abducted in Burkina Faso were taken to Mali

It’s been more than three months since travelers Canadian Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto of Italy went missing in Burkina Faso, and there’s been little information to break the silence on what has happened to them. Now a report from Human Rights Watch suggests that Blais and Tacchetto were kidnapped…

MSF warns of increasing threat on Mali-Niger border

Humanitarian aid workers say the threat of violence because of armed groups along Mali’s border with Niger has sent more than 8,000 people into the village of Kongokiré in the latter’s Tillabéry region. “Many of the displaced in Kongokiré have already been forced to flee several times,” said Innocent Kunywana,…

U.S. diplomat for Africa begins 4-nation tour

United States diplomat Tibor Nagy is visiting Africa this week, with stops planned for Togo, Guinea, Mali and Nigeria. Nagy, the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, made stops in Europe before heading to  Lomé for meetings with government officials and a conference of U.S. diplomats. He is…

Growing concern on Mali at UN Security Council

During a briefing Friday with the UN Security Council, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations said he is extremely concerned over the increasing number of attacks by armed groups in Mali. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the undersecretary general for peacekeeping operations, also lamented delays with the implementation of the 2015 peace…