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U.S. wants to support fight against al Qaeda in Mali – senator

The United States will seek ways it can help French and African forces in Mali combat al Qaeda-linked rebels, U.S. Senator John McCain said on Tuesday during a visit to the West African country. France launched a military offensive in Mali in January against Islamist militants threatening the capital. That drove the insurgents out of the towns they had seized, but they have since hit back with suicide attacks and guerrilla-style raids. Western powers are concerned that Mali’s vast and lawless Saharan desert could become a launchpad for international militant attacks. Other European governments have ruled out sending combat troops but are backing a military training force. McCain said Washington … Continue reading

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U.N. Seccurity Council backs France’s intervention in Mali

All members of the UN Security Council have backed France’s military intervention in Mali to fight Islamist rebels, officials have said. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he hoped the intervention would help restore “Mali’s constitutional order and territorial integrity”. Thousands of African troops are due to join Malian and French forces to help push back the rebels’ offensive. France intervened on Friday after the Islamists began advancing southwards French authorities said they had feared that the rebels would march on the capital, Bamako, creating a grave security threat for the wider region. On Monday, the Security Council convened in New York for an emergency meeting at France’s request. After … Continue reading

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