Category Archives: Mali

UN reports sharp deterioration in Mali since Canadian peacekeepers arrived

In a sobering new report, the head of the United Nations says the security situation in Mali has sharply deteriorated over the past three months even as demand for food aid and other humanitarian assistance has skyrocketed.

The assessment by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres coincides with the presence of Canadian peacekeepers in Mali, and suggests the country is in many ways worse off now than when they first arrived in June.


The war in the desert: Why the Sahara is terror’s new front line

It is just before 15:00 on Saturday in Timbuktu and the intense desert heat has reached its peak.

Five years ago, Islamist occupiers were driven out of the historical town – but violent extremists have never been far away.

A few people are browsing through the silver jewellery and leatherwork at a small Tuareg curio market by the security checkpoint at the airport entrance.

It’s on the outskirts of town and both French troops and UN peacekeepers have set up what they call a “super-camp” there.

At this sleepy time of day, people are working inside their air-conditioned containers and all that can be heard is the low hum of generators.

Then, blaring sirens.


Mali: Suspected jihadists kill more than 30

More than 30 Tuareg people were killed by suspected jihadists near Mali’s northeastern border with Niger, Agence France-Presse and Agencia EFE reported on Saturday, citing local sources.

The attack happened just a day after motorbike-riding gunment killed 12 people outside nearby Anderamboukane, the former Tuareg rebel group MSA and tribal leaders said.

“There have been 43 deaths in two days, all civilians, from the same community,” tribal leader Sidigui Ag Hamadi told AFP.

“Our fighters are destroying their bases and wiping them out. They are targeting innocent civilians,” he said, adding that the attacks were likely reprisals for raids on jihadists by armed Tuarag groups.


Controversy erupts over the deaths of alleged terrorists in Mali

In Mali, an investigation has been launched into the controversial killing of 14 people in Dioura, in the central Mopti region last Friday. There are two contradictory versions of who these people were and how they died.

On Friday, the Malian army said that 14 people described as alleged terrorists were killed while trying to escape. They had been arrested the day before in the town of Dioura in possession of weapons, according to the military. However, the official version was contested by their next of kin and local sources who claim they were summarily executed.

Justin sure can pick a peace keeping mission.


Canada sending troops to UN peacekeeping mission in Mali

The Canadian military will deploy helicopters and support troops, including medical teams, to the troubled West African nation of Mali later this year, CBC News has learned.

A senior government official, speaking on background, said a formal announcement will be made Monday.

The deployment is in response to a direct request from the United Nations.

Details on how many choppers and personnel will be involved are still being worked out, but the official said the UN has been served with formal notice of Canada’s participation.

The UN has such a great track record I’m certain nothing could possibly go wrong.


ICC orders Muslim terrorist to pay €2.7 million for destruction of Timbuktu holy sites

Al Faqi Al Mahdi

A war crimes court Thursday said a Malian ex-jihadist caused 2.7 million euros in damages when he destroyed Timbuktu’s fabled shrines in 2012.

The International Criminal Court ordered victims be paid “individual, collective and symbolic” reparations, ICC judge Raul Pangalangan said.

But the judges at the Hague-based tribunal recognised that Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi was penniless, saying it was up to the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) — set up to implement the judge’s decisions — to decide how the outstanding amount will have to be paid.

Boy that’ll show them terrorists!


Le Campement Kangaba Resort Mali: Muslim terrorists take hostages in resort popular with Western tourists


AFP – Suspected jihadists attack tourist resort in Mali capital

Reports of 20 hostages freed, one French soldier dead.

Very little information forthcoming: AFP is saying at least 2 dead, another source says Americans were the largest tourist contingent at the resort.

Well I’m shocked! Telegraph – The government of Mali says that “suspected jihadists” are carrying out the attack.

From the DM – A tourist camp popular with Westerners in the Malian capital was under attack on Sunday, according to witnesses.

Malian troops and soldiers from France’s Bakhane counter-terrorist force headed to the site on the edge of Bamako, where nearby residents reported hearing shots fired while smoke billowed into the air.

There was no information immediately available on any casualties.

From the BBC – A tourist resort in Mali popular with Westerners is under attack by gunmen, a spokesman at the security ministry has told Reuters.

Nearby residents reported hearing shots fired at the luxury destination.

The spokesman said the attack was ongoing at Le Campement resort in Dougourakoro, to the east of the capital Bamako.

Twitter –  Mali

US issued a warning against travel to Mali on June 9.

Must be casual day! Oh my, socks with sandals.


Jihadist groups are imposing Sharia law in Mali

Jihadist groups are imposing Islamic Sharia law in several locations in Mali, local media have warned. Five years ago, al-Qaeda-linked fighting groups seized power in Mali’s second city Timbuktu after hijacking an ethnic Tuareg rebellion in the country’s Saharan north.

France’s 2013 military intervention and United Nations peacekeeping missions have since returned control of the region to the Malian government, but Islamist groups who imposed a version of Sharia law during their brief control of towns in northern Mali continue to operate across the vast desert areas.

Justin is considering sending our soldiers to this Islamist crap-hole where France and the UN have been bogged down with little to show for the last few years.


Unmarried couple are buried up to their necks and stoned to death for ‘violating Islamic law’ in Mali

An unmarried couple were stoned to death by Islamic extremists in Mali for the first known time since 2012, local officials claimed.

‘The Islamists dug two holes where they put the man and the woman who lived maritally without being married,’ the official said. ‘They were stoned to death.’

The same source said members of the public were invited to take part in the public execution in Taghlit, close to Aguelhok in the Kidal region, adding: ‘Four people threw stones at them until they died.’


Mali suicide bomber kills at least 50 people in Gao military camp

A suicide bomber in a vehicle full of explosives has attacked a camp in northern Mali, killing at least 50 people and wounding dozens of soldiers and former fighters.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suspicion quickly fell on Islamic extremist groups operating in the area. The attack marks a significant setback for efforts to achieve peace in the region.

The blast hit the joint operational mechanism base in the city of Gao, home to Malian soldiers and hundreds of former fighters who had signed a peace agreement with the government. Dismembered bodies could still be seen two hours after the blast.

Mali has become the world’s deadliest United Nations peacekeeping mission. Twenty-nine UN personnel were killed last year in attacks blamed on armed jihadi groups, according to a Human Rights Watch report released on Wednesday.


Islamist pleads guilty at ICC to destroying Timbuktu mausoleums

An Islamist extremist has pleaded guilty at the international criminal court to the destruction of religious monuments in the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu in 2012.

As his historic ICC trial started in The Hague on Monday, Ahmad al-Mahdi told judges he was entering the guilty plea “with deep regret and great pain” and advised Muslims around the world not to commit similar acts, saying “they are not going to lead to any good for humanity”.