French and Mali Forces Retake Gao, Timbuktu

Residents of Gao and Timbuktu in Mali's northern region have expressed relief after French and Malian forces recaptured the towns from rebel fighters.

  • Mali:  Relief As Mali Towns Recaptured

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 28 January 2013

    Residents of Gao and Timbuktu in northern Mali expressed relief after French and Malian forces re-took the towns from Islamist militia, but said they faced an enormous task in ... read more »


  • Mali:  Troops Take Timbuktu Airport

    Tunis Afrique Presse, 28 January 2013

    French-led troops in Mali have taken control of the airport in the key northern city of Timbuktu, French military officials say. read more »

  • Mali:  Timbuktu's Priceless Manuscripts Torched

    Radio France Internationale, 28 January 2013

    Islamists torched a building where priceless ancient manuscripts were stored, as they fled Mali's famous desert city of Timbuktu, which French-led troops were surrounding on ... read more »

  • Mali:  From Here to Timbuktu - French-Led Forces Advance in Northern Mali

    Radio France Internationale, 27 January 2013

    The French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, says French and Malian troops are advancing north towards Timbuktu as the operation against Islamist militants enters its 17th day. read more »

  • Mali:  French Forces Approach Timbuktu

    Magharebia, 27 January 2013

    French-led troops were advancing on Timbuktu on Sunday (January 27th) after capturing a string of other towns in their offensive against Islamist militant groups in the north of ... read more »

  • Mali:  French and Mali Troops Seize Gao Airport

    Radio France Internationale, 26 January 2013

    The French defence minister says French-led forces have wrested control of the airport at the Islamist stronghold of Gao northeast of the Mali capital Bamako. read more »

  • Mali:  Troops Head for Gao and Timbuktu

    Radio France Internationale, 25 January 2013

    French and Malian troops were advancing on Gao on Friday and had taken the nearby town of Hombori. More than 9,000 refugees have fled northern Mali since the French joined the ... read more »

  • Mali:  Mali Crisis Threatens Neighbours, Says UN Envoy

    UN News Service, 25 January 2013

    The ongoing crisis in Mali is having far-reaching effects in West Africa and the Sahel, a United Nations envoy said today, stressing that the situation there illustrated the ... read more »



French forces in Mali.