Saturday, February 2, 2013

War In Mali -- News Updates February 2, 2013

French President Hollande Visits Mali -- Voice of America

Malians have turned out to welcome French President Francois Hollande, who is on a whirlwind tour of the former French colony.

His Saturday visit comes three weeks after French-backed Malian forces pushed Islamist militants from their strongholds in the country's north.

President Hollande, accompanied by the defense and finance ministers, visited the town of Sevare before heading to the ancient Malian town of Timbuktu. French-backed Malian forces recaptured the fabled town on Sunday, 10 months after it had been taken over by rebels.

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More News On The Conflict In Mali

Fran├žois Hollande visits Timbuktu as Mali intervention declared successful -- The Guardian
French president visits Mali to support French troops -- Reuters
French leader makes jubilant trip to Mali to thank his troops battling militants -- CNN
Hollande Tells French Troops That Mali Battle Isn’t Over -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Hollande pledges French withdrawal from Mali -- Al Jazeera
Malians say "Thank you, France!" as Hollande visits -- Reuters
Mali conflict: Timbuktu hails French President Hollande -- BBC
French president greeted as hero in Mali -- UPI
In Mali Combat, Both Sides Accused of Rights Violations
-- Voice of America
Mali conflict: UN 'deeply disturbed' by army abuse claims -- BBC
Mali: UN genocide adviser warns of reprisals against Tuareg and Arab populations -- UN News Centre
Hunt on for Malian rebels who fled to fight another day -- The Independent
Mali’s neighbors take steps to keep al Qaida militants from escaping -- Miami Herald/McClatchy News
Arabs, Tuaregs in Mali face hostility, discrimination as Islamists flee northern cities -- Washington Post/AP
Islamists’ Harsh Rule Awakened Ethnic Tensions in Timbuktu -- New York Times
Mali: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy -- Morgan Lorraine Roach, Heritage Foundation
Can Timbuktu stay pacified after Islamist rebels are run out?
-- John Thorne, Christian Science Monitor
Mission accomplished in Mali? -- Washington Post editorial

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