Thursday, January 31, 2013

War in Mali -- News Updates January 31, 2013

Mali Militants 'In Disarray' After French Air Strikes -- BBC

Three weeks of French targeted air strikes in northern Mali have left Islamist militants "in disarray", France's defence minister has said.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said the jihadists had now scattered, marking a "turning-point" in France's intervention.

His comments come as the French troops continue to secure Kidal, the last town occupied by militants.

The latest strikes have been on command centres, training camps and depots north of Kidal, a spokesman has said.

Col Thierry Burkhard said the "fairly significant" targets had been hit in the Aguelhok mountains near the Algerian border, reports the AFP news agency.

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More News On The Conflict In Mali

French air strikes hit Islamist bases in north Mali -- AFP
French troops in Mali take Kidal, last Islamist holdout -- BBC
4 Malian soldiers killed after vehicle hits land mine -- FOX News/AP
French foreign minister: Troops to leave Mali soon -- AP
U.N. Security Council to Discuss Peacekeepers for Mali -- Reuters
Security Council plans regular UN peacekeeping force for Mali after France ousts Islamists
-- Washington Post/AP
France backs possible U.N. force in Mali -- Reuters
France calls for Mali peace talks -- Al Jazeera
Mali plans July elections as it makes gains in battle against militants -- CNN
Militants Ineligible for Dialogue, Mali President Says -- Voice of America
Malian president offers Tuareg rebels talks -- Global Post
France’s Says Mali Should Accept Some Touareg Autonomy -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Timbuktu, Gao Residents Worry about Dwindling Food, Fuel -- Voice of America
In storied town of Timbuktu, growing sense of freedom after Islamists leave, but fears linger
-- Washington Post/AP
Mali manuscripts in Timbuktu are mostly safe, South Africa university says -- Washington Post/AP
Bulk of Timbuktu manuscripts survived occupation -- Reuters
Analysis: The dynamics of inter-communal violence in Mali -- IRIN
Mali: Avoiding Revenge in Order to Win Peace --
A long look before a leap into a war in Mali. This is action best left to Africans -- Fred Gedrich, Washington Times
The war is over, but can France sustain peace in Mali? -- France 24

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