The latest news on Mali
An expert says the French hope to protect Europe's 'backyard.'
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Islamist militants attacked and occupied a natural gas field partly operated by BP in southern Algeria early Wednesday, killing two people and holding foreigners hostage while surrounded by Algerian forces.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — French troops pressed northward in Mali toward territory occupied by radical Islamists on Wednesday, military officials said, announcing the start of a land assault that will put soldiers in direct combat "within hours."
Many locals supportive of Hollande's Africa war...for now.
PARIS (AP) — Armed soldiers are on guard in Paris' subways, train stations and some of the world's most recognizable monuments to head off terror attacks after France's military launched an operation to push back al-Qaida-linked insurgents in Mali.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Despite intensive aerial bombardments by French warplanes, Islamist insurgents grabbed more territory in Mali Monday and moved closer to the capital, French and Malian authorities said.
It is very easy for the United States to become involved in conflicts abroad, but much more difficult to extricate ourselves from them.
The United States can only take a small and ceremonial public role in an international intervention in Mali.
Al Qaeda could not operate in West Africa as it has during America's longest war.
The West African country has been deteriorating since a coup earlier this year, and the international community is increasingly concerned with the situation.