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Rights Group: Mali Islamists Using Child Soldiers

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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A human rights group says Islamist militants who control northern Mali are using hundreds of child soldiers, some as young as 11. Human Rights Watch says the children are being used — in violation of international law — both for military purposes and to enforce the militants’ harsh version of Sharia, or Islamic law. It […]

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West African Ministers Consider Mali Troop Request

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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said the regional group is awaiting a U.N. Security Council meeting on Mali before deciding on a date for troop deployment. But he said that valuable time has been lost in attempting to resolve the crisis, and that Islamist groups believed to be linked to al-Qaida now control two-thirds of Mali. The militant groups, Ansar […]

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West African Ministers Consider Mali Troop Request

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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said the regional group is awaiting a U.N. Security Council meeting on Mali before deciding on a date for troop deployment. But he said that valuable time has been lost in attempting to resolve the crisis, and that Islamist groups believed to be linked to al-Qaida now control two-thirds of Mali. The militant groups, Ansar […]

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West African Ministers Consider Mali Troop Request

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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West African defense and foreign ministers met Monday on when and how to deploy troops to quell the unrest in Mali, where Islamist militants control the northern part of the country. The Economic Community of West African States is trying to end political crises in both Mali and Guinea Bissau, where a coup occurred in […]

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West Africa Defense Chiefs to Finalize Mali Assistance Mission

Posted September 13th, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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West African defense chiefs will open a two-day meeting Friday to finalize the deployment of a standby force for military assistance and support requested by Mali. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mission would play a support role in Mali, providing logistical and air support to Malian forces working to retake control of […]

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West Africa Defense Chiefs to Finalize Mali Deployment Plans

Posted September 12th, 2012 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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West African defense chiefs will meet Friday to finalize plans to deploy troops in Mali, where Islamist militants control the north. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says the meeting follows an invitation from Mali’s government for the deployment of the troops. A French official reported such a request from Mali’s interim president […]

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Witnesses: Mali Extremists Amputate Limbs of Suspected Thieves

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in northern Mali say Islamist militants have amputated the limbs of five suspected thieves. Sources told VOA Monday that the militants punished the men by amputating each one’s right hand and left foot in the northern city of Gao. The amputations were carried out in a public square on Monday. The amputees were then […]

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Mali Army Spokesman: Lone Soldier Killed 16 Islamic Preachers

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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A Malian army spokesman says a lone soldier was responsible for the killing of 16 Islamic preachers at a checkpoint. Spokesman Idrissa Traore told VOA that the army was not to blame for the deaths. “It’s not the Malian army,” said Traore. “… It was one soldier. He was captured and the investigation continues.” The […]

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Mali Army Spokesman: Lone Soldier Killed 16 Islamic Preachers

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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A Malian army spokesman says a lone soldier was to blame for the killing of 16 Islamic preachers at a military checkpoint. Spokesman Idrissa Traore told VOA on Monday the army is not responsible for the killings. “It’s not the Malian army,” said Traore. “… It was one soldier. He was captured and the investigation […]

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Mali Orders Probe Into Shooting Death of 16 Islamic Preachers

Posted September 9th, 2012 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s government says it has launched an investigation into the shooting deaths of 16 Islamic preachers at a military checkpoint in the country’s central region. In a statement Sunday, the government said eight Malians and eight Mauritanians had been killed by gunshot in an overnight Saturday incident at the Diabaly checkpoint in the Segou region. […]

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