France Announces Plans to Pull Troops out of Mali

French President François Hollande announced Wednesday, March 6 that France would begin moving troops out of Mali as early as April of this year, a month later than was originally planned.  Hollande stated that an UN-backed African coalition would take over once the withdrawal was complete, though French presence would remain strong through March and into […]

Identity of Dead Jihadist Remains Unclear

A photo taken by a RFI journalist in Tessalit, in Northern Mali, has added to the debate over whether or not two prominent Islamist militants remain active in Mali. The photograph is believed by some to be either of Abou Zeid and Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who may have been killed in an attack on March 2. […]

Death of Islamist Militant Leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar Unconfirmed in Mali Attack

Following a joint attack by the Chadian and French armies in Adrar des Ifoghas in North Mali Saturday, March 2 2013, Mokhtar Belmokhtar was pronounced to be amongst those killed.  However, conflicting reports have kept the former Al-Qaeda leader’s death from being confirmed Sunday, March 3. These accounts come on the heels of a raid on […]