The Office of the French President, Emmanuel Macron, announced on Saturday that two French soldiers, Sergeant Yvonne Huynh and Brigadier Loic Risser, died in Mali after the vehicle they were traveling in was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) on 2 December, in the Menaka area, in eastern Mali.
The French forces have claimed to have killed a militant who has been on the United Nations sanctions list. Bah Ag Moussa, was a top commander of the al-Qaeda linked militant group, Group to Support Islam and Muslim (GSIM). He is believed to be responsible for attacks on security forces in Mali.
Mali has begun trial for suspects accused of an attack on a luxury nightclub in Bamako. The two are said to be members of the Islamic State, an active militant group in the country. In March, a French citizen, a Belgian, and three Malians were killed in an attack at La Terrasse, a restaurant and a night club.
At least four people who had been held captive in Mali have been released by jihadists. Among those released is an old French aid worker, Sophie Petronin, who had been held hostage for four years. The 75 year old, who was running a charity for children with malnutrition was kidnapped by an Islamic militants in December 2016.
At least 180 prisoners have been released from a prison in Bamako by Malian authorities. It is alleged that 70 prisoners were released on Saturday with another 110 on Sunday. They were flown from the northern part of the country. Analysts have argued that the release could be in exchange for an opposition leader who has been held for more than six months.
Mali’s newly appointed transitional President, Bah Ndaw on Thursday held a meeting with the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Permanent Representative to Mali, Boly Hamidou. The transitional government is hopeful that sanctions placed on Mali by ECOWAS are likely to be lifted soon.
Mali’s new interim president, Bah Ndaw, signed a decree appointing the former foreign minister, Moctar Ouane, as the nation’s new prime minister. The appointment was announced on Sunday, two days after the president’s swearing-in ceremony, and following a meeting on Saturday with the military junta.
Bah Ndaw has been sworn in as Mali’s civilian president on Friday, filling a seat which had stayed vacant for around five weeks. This comes after the former president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was ousted after the August 18 coup. The head of the military junta, Assimi Goita, was also sworn in as the Vice President.
Mali’s opposition has rejected the call to have military personnel as their transitional head of state. The June 5 Movement, leading the opposition, who attended three days of talks, are accusing the military junta of planning to take power using force through a cover up of the transition talks.
As the second phase of Mali’s transition talks came to a close, it was resolved that the transition period will last 18 months. During this time the country will be led by a president and a vice who will be appointed by a commission set up by the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (NCSP).
Mali’s military junta has resumed summit talks in an effort to find a way forward for the transition to civilian power. The head of the military junta, Colonel Assimi Goita, has called on all parties to forget their differences and forge a way forward. The decision to hold the meeting comes after pressure from within the region and internationally.
As per a statement read at the tail end of Monday’s Niamey summit by the ECOWAS Commission President, Jean-Claude Brou, the commission demanded that the President and the Prime Minister of Mali must be civilians, and must be appointed no later than 15 September 2020.
Mali’s ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been flown to United Arab Emirates for medication. It is alleged that he suffered a mini stroke and had spent two days in a hospital in Mali. He left for UAE on Saturday evening. Kieta was arrested by the military on August 18, a move that forced him to resign from the country’s top seat.
Two French soldiers have been killed and one left with injuries during an operation in Tessalit, northern part of Kidal province in Mali. The two died after their vehicle hit an improvised electronic device. The soldiers were members of the Paratroop regiment based in Tarbes, southwestern France. France began its military operations in Mali in 2013.
The United States has suspended it’s collaboration with the Mali army in protest of the 19th August coup in the West African state that led to the ouster of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The United States has for long been a close collaborator with Mali in as far as providing millitary assistance and training the Malian soldiers is concerned.
Mali is in a state of tension and suspense following reports by a section of rebel army soldiers stating categorically that they have arrested the country’s president and prime minister. After occupying positions at strategic points in the capital, the rebel soldiers were received with cheers by a crowd gathered in the Plaza de la Independencia.
Political tensions continue to soar in Mali as protesters are set to take to the streets once again. The leaders of the June 5 Movement have been urging citizens to return to the streets. The group had halted the demonstrations in honor of the three day Eid ul-Adha holiday that began on Friday last week.
The presidents of Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Niger, and Nigeria met this Thursday in Bamako with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, as well as with leaders of the opposition, pushing for the Malian president’s resignation. However, the meetings didn’t bear fruit, and they ended without an agreement.
The mediators from the West African regional boc, ECOWAS, have proposed a power- sharing government and a new constitutional court in Mali. In the proposal, the current coalition is to take half of the positions in the new government, while the other half would be shared by the opposition and civil groups.
The June 5 Movement in Mali has continued to call for the President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita‘s resignation as political tension soars in the country. In a press conference, one of the movement’s leaders, Ibrahim Ikassa Maiga, also called for the dissolution of the Malian parliament.
Mali’s Prime Minister Boubou Cisse has apologized for the excessive use of force during the recent protests in the country. “Unfortunately, there were excesses. What happened is very regrettable. We apologize for it,” the Prime Minister said. Earlier, Cisse had said that he and Keita were open to talks.
Mali’s prime minister, Boubou Cisse, apologized for the “excesses” committed by the security forces, accused of opening fire on anti-government protesters. However, Cisse refused to compromise with the opposition, insisting that the President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, will not resign.
Representatives from the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, are in Mali to help resolve the looming crisis. Led by Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, the group has met with Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Prime Minister, Boubou Cisse, and Mahmoud Dicko, an influential Imam.
At least 20 political opponents arrested during protests in Mali have been released by the authorities. It is a move seen as President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s effort to calm the tense situation in the country. The unrest which began on Friday has so far claimed 11 lives and left nearly 150 people injured.
Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, has announced the dissolution of the controversial Constitutional Court in an effort to calm the nation’s protests. “I have decided to repeal the licenses of the remaining members of the constitutional court,” the president said in a television address.
At least four people have been killed and dozens others injured as protests continued in Mali on Saturday for the second day running. Mali’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar keita, had called for dialogue, but the protesters did not heed the calls. he Prime Minister, Boubou Cisse, said that he and Keita were open to talks.
Police in Mali threw tear gas at protesters in the capital on the second consecutive day of protests against the government. The protesters challenged President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s most recent request for dialogue. Participation in the protests was much lower than on Friday.
Thousands of Malians turned up for anti-government demonstrations that turned chaotic on Friday. The country’s national television, ORTM, went off air after protesters forced their way to the building. It is alleged that the protesters tried to occupy the national assembly and national broadcasting house.
Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, has promised to reform the country’s constitutional court. He made the announcement through a televised speech. “In the hours and days to come, the constitutional court will be reconvened and put into operation as soon as possible,” the president said.
At least nine Malian soldiers were killed in an ambush in Guoari, one of the villages where 31 civilians were massacred the day before. Army spokesman Col. Diarran Kone said that a military unit was dispatched to the village to help bury the bodies. He said that around 8 PM, the village seemed deserted.
The United Nations has renewed its peacekeeping force in Mali for another year without reducing its troops, which comprise of 13,289 soldiers and 1,920 police officers. The UN mission in the country is known as Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
At least 24 bodies of Malian soldiers, who went missing after their convoy was ambushed over the weekend, have been found on the northern part of the capital, Bamako, the army said on Monday. “Twenty-four Mali army personnel died, eight survivors have been found,” Col. Diarran Kone told Reuters.
Two United Nations peacekeepers have been killed in northern Mali after gunmen attacked their convoy. The incident was confirmed by the UN peacekeeping force in the country, who said the convoy was attacked by unidentified armed individuals. The logistics convoy was travelling between the towns of Tessalit and Gao.
After being assured by the Prime Minister of Mali that the elections will actually take place on the 29th of this month, the country registered a new jihadist attack on Thursday that killed 20 Malian soldiers following the invasion of a military post in Tarkint, in the north, according to local military and civilian officials.
At least 29 Malian soldiers have been killed in an attack on a military base, the deadliest against the Malian army this year. The army said that the attack that took place in the town of Tarkint which is about 78 miles north of the city of Gao, was by suspected Islamist militants. However, there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
At least forty people have been killed in separate attacks in Mali. Thirty one were killed when gunmen attacked the village of Ogossagou in central Mali, burning houses, crops and livestock. “There is need to break the spiral of violence in this region,” the head of UN mission in Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said.
Thirty armed men stormed and sowed death overnight from Thursday to Friday in Ogossagou, killing 40 villagers, including nine soldiers, according to a new government report. In March 2019, some 160 Fulani people were killed in the same area, leaving several charred. Mali has been caught in a spiral of inter-communal and jihadist violence.
At least 20 Malian soldiers have been killed in an attack on a military post in Mali on Sunday. Mali’s government said that there was significant material damage in the attack. “Reinforcements have been dispatched to the scene and aerial reconnaissance is underway in the area to track down the attackers,” it said in a statement that condemned the incident.
Five Malian soldiers have been killed and four others wounded in a roadside bomb attack, a government spokesperson has said. The troops were travelling in the region of Alatona, near the border with Mauritania, when their convoy hit a bomb on Monday morning. Four vehicles were destroyed in the blast. “Reinforcements are already in place for the operation to neutralize the enemies,” government spokesman, Yaya Sangare said on Twitter.
A rise in the attacks by terrorists in West Africa has raised concerns over French military involvement in the region. The current French operation has been on-going since 2014, coordinating security related issues with Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Chad. Currently, over 4,500 French troops are in the region. Despite the challenge, the French President, Emmanuel Macron vows to give a new force to the fight armed groups in the Sahel states in West Africa.
Twenty four people were killed by Islamic terrorist attacks per day each and every day last week. That was an average of three attacks per day. This was an improvement over the 216 deaths per day last week from 28 attacks and the 261 deaths per day the week before that from 48 separate attacks.
This worked out to be 61 killed by Islamic terrorist attacks per day and an average of four attacks per day as well. This was below last week’s 261 killed with 48 separate attacks.
As Ramadan ended on June third it appears the number of attacks has declined, but this week we have seen one of the most villainous attacks in awhile, especially because of the high number of innocent children involved.
- SRI LANKA: No group has yet claimed responsibility for Easter Sunday’s terror attacks. Eight people have been arrested in connection with a series of suicide bombings, targeting churches and hotels across the country, which killed at least 290 and injured 450. They mark the worst acts of violence since the end of Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war ten years ago.
- The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces declared victory over the so-called Islamic State on Saturday, and the complete liberation of its territory. The battle for Baghouz, all that remained of Daesh’s once vast territory throughout Iraq and Syria, dragged on for more than ten weeks.