France Calls for Action in Syria after Reports of Devastating Chemical Attack

With reports from Syria of a devastating chemical attack making headlines around the world, the French government has sent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad the sternest warnings yet. Now, the question is if those warnings will translate into military action. If Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius’ recent statements represent the general mood of President François Hollande’s administration, […]

Hollande Backs Niger in Hostage Raid Friday

On Friday May 24, 2013, French Special Forces aided Nigerien troops in an operation that raided an army base in northern Niger. The collaborative effort ended a hostage situation following an attack on the army base by extremists on Thursday. Two Nigerien cadets were taken hostage within the base. The aggressors had barricaded themselves in […]

EU Considers Lifting Syrian Oil, Arms Embargoes

On Monday, April 22, European Ministers of Foreign Affairs met in Luxembourg to revise their decisions pertaining to the embargo on Syrian petroleum products. The goal of these revisions is to aid the civilian population, which has been greatly impacted by civil war in a country wrought with violence. According to a text released from […]

Violent Clashes and a New Successor in the Wake of Confirmation of Abou Zeid’s Death

Towards the end of February, covert operations in Mali’s northern mountains of Ifoghas resulted in the death of around forty terrorists. Rumors have been floating around the Internet about the identity of the bodies. While French authorities have been reluctant to confirm any of these rumors, a month after the attack Paris has finally confirmed […]

French Authorities Tread Lightly as Others Confirm Death of Al-Qaeda Leader

The cyber world is afloat with rumors. Is Abou Zeid dead? According to Algerian television and Chadian President Idriss Debry, Abou Zeid, leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has died in a French military operation along with 42 other al-Qaeda terrorists. French authorities have yet to comment and corroborate that DNA tests confirmed […]

Hollande: We are in “the final phase” of the operation in Mali

On Tuesday February 19, during his visit to Athens, Greece, French president François Hollande announced to the press the death of a second French soldier in Mali since the beginning of the French Intervention, Operation Serval, in January. The Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed that the man killed was 33 year-old staff sergeant Harold […]

7 French Hostages Taken In Western Africa, Bringing Total Number to 15

Around 7:00 am local time Tuesday February 19, seven French tourists were taken at gunpoint in Cameroon merely two days after seven other foreigners were seized from a construction site in Nigeria. The seven French citizens are from the same family, four of whom are children. The family was visiting Waza national park near Lake […]

Mali Grand Finale – The Fall of Kidal

After three weeks of bitter struggle, jihadist terrorists in Mali have surrendered to French and Malian forces with the conquest of Kidal, a key city in the north of the country. The majority of rebels belonged to the groups MNLA and MIA (Movement for the Liberation of Azawad and Islamic Movement of Azawad, respectively) and […]

Baby Steps: Progress in the War in Mali

This weekend brought good news for French and Malian forces fighting in Mali to rid the West African country of Islamic terrorists. On the sixteenth day of French military intervention in the war-torn country, Malian and French soldiers gained the city of Gao, a northern keystone city that served as a fortress for the Islamic […]

French Intervention Brings Relief in Mali, Al-Qaeda-Linked Hostages in Algeria

PARIS. – “Vive la France !” “Welcome to the liberators!” The headlines of Malian newspapers are increasingly complementary to France, following the French intervention in Mopti and Konna. After a year of violence due to an Islamist hijaking of the Tuareg separatists’ rebellion, the Malians are relieved the conflict has subsided. Since President François Hollande […]