France and Qatar Discuss Conflicting Views on Malian Conflict

French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Qatar February 10 for a brief visit of less than twenty-four hours, just a week after President Hollande visited Mali. France’s recent and heightened military intervention in Mali has drawn criticism from Qatar, and Le Drian met with the Crown Prince Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on […]

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 […]