U.S. Prepares to Back Mali Intervention

U.S. Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta has supported France's airstrikes against rebels in northern Mali, saying the U.S. government is also readying plans for assistance in the ongoing operations.

Malians fleeing fighting in the north.

  • Mali:  UN Chief Backs France

    UN News Service, 14 January 2013

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the response of "bilateral partners" to the plea for assistance from the Government of Mali to counter the troubling ... read more »

  • Mali:  Security Council to Hold Urgent Talks on Fighting

    SAnews.gov.za, 14 January 2013

    The UN Security Council will hold a meeting on Monday at France's request to discuss the situation in Mali, while Paris got authorization to use Algeria's airspace for its ... read more »


  • Mali Campaign Alters Image of Hollande

    Al Jazeera
    Publication Date:
    15 January 2013

    Crisis talks are continuing in France over the decision to intervene in Mali, and President Francois Hollande has been meeting members of his ... see more »

  • Mali:  We Must Act Now in Mali

    The Point, 14 January 2013

    It is great and even timely that France and other African countries have begun intervening in Mali to regain rebel-held towns, and stop the advance of Islamist extremists who last ... read more »


  • Mali:  French Army Extends Airstrike to Mali's Northern Town

    The New Times, 15 January 2013

    The French air force on Sunday extended strike further north to Gao, one of the three major towns controlled by rebels in northern Mali, according to reports from local residents ... read more »

  • Mali:  All Parties Must Do Utmost to Prevent Civilian Casualties

    Amnesty International, 14 January 2013

    All parties to the armed conflict in Mali must ensure civilians are protected, Amnesty International urged today as military attacks by French forces continued. read more »

  • Mali:  U.S. State Department Daily Press Briefing: Mali

    United States Department of State, 11 January 2013

    Excerpt from the United States Department of State daily press briefing: read more »

  • Mali:  Algeria Supports French Operation in Nation

    Magharebia, 14 January 2013

    Algeria authorised French warplanes to use its airspace for bombing raids against rebels in neighbouring Mali, AFP quoted French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius as saying on Sunday ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Nigeria to Deploy Troops to Mali

    Vanguard, 14 January 2013

    Nigerian troops will be deployed to Mali where militants have launched an insurgent attack on the northern part of the country and are threatening to over run the state capital ... read more »

  • Mali:  Where Is the AU in Mali?

    The New Times, 15 January 2013

    Africa is a land of extreme contradictions. It is a continent of incredible abundance, but also unconscionable scarcity. Because of this, Africa attracts adventurers, plunderers ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Nigeria to Send Troops to Mali This Week

    This Day, 15 January 2013

    In keeping with its pledge to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) last year, Nigeria will this week deploy troops to war-torn Mali. read more »