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US backs new French offensive in Mali

By Jill Lux, 27 August 2014

After last year’s military campaign in northern Mali, Paris is launching expanded military operations in West Africa.

US deploys Special Forces to train military units in North and West Africa

By Eric London, 28 May 2014

US Special Forces are training and arming military units in Libya, Niger, Mauritania and Mali as part of an expanded intervention in Africa.

The NPA’s support for France’s wars in Africa

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 13 January 2014

The NPA writes not as an opponent of imperialism, but as an advocate of different, perhaps more clever policies to pursue increasingly unpopular wars.

France seizes on murder of RFI journalists to intensify Mali war

By Kumaran Ira, 11 November 2013

Two correspondents for Radio France Internationale were abducted and murdered in war-torn northern Mali on November 2.

Mali holds presidential election amid ongoing French intervention

By Pierre Mabut, 9 August 2013

The election was organized in order to provide a pseudo-democratic rationale for France's invasion and ongoing neo-colonial occupation of Mali.

Mali donors’ conference finances imperialist scramble for Africa

By Antoine Lerougetel, 27 May 2013

An international donor conference organised by the European Union, France and Mali in Brussels on May 13 pledged €3.25 billion of aid to Mali.

France launches military, propaganda offensive in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 13 April 2013

Contrary to the French president’s claims that his country made a lightning response to a terrorist threat, the invasion of Mali was prepared long beforehand.

France confirms killing of Al Qaeda leader Abou Zeid in Mali

By Kumaran Ira, 25 March 2013

On Saturday, the French government confirmed the death of Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, the leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), in northern Mali.

German defence minister visits Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 22 March 2013

German defence minister Thomas de Maizière made a surprise trip to Mali last weekend.

France’s defense minister visits French troops in Mali

By Anthony Torres, 15 March 2013

The situation facing the Malian population is catastrophic. Towns and villages have been largely destroyed.

French army suppresses reporting of Mali war

By Ernst Wolff, 13 March 2013

The French army has systematically blocked journalists from conducting objective reporting of the war in Mali.

Washington steps up Africa intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 5 March 2013

The Obama administration is “markedly widening its role” in the French-led neo-colonial war in Mali.

German parliament approves military operations in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 4 March 2013

The aim of the mission is to stabilise the Malian army and support the combat mission by French troops in the country.

German government decides on long-term military deployment in Mali

By Wolfgang Weber, 22 February 2013

According to the terms of the mandate, 180 armed soldiers are to be deployed to Mali as part of a European Union “training mission”.

The role of Germany in the war in Mali

By Wolfgang Weber, 12 February 2013

Germany is expanding its participation in the French colonial war in Mali from week to week.

French military oversees power-sharing deal in Central African Republic

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 January 2013

The political realignment underway is being driven by France, which aims to reassert control over its former resource-rich colony and counter China’s growing influence.

Britain, US escalate war aid as France advances into northern Mali

By Alex Lantier, 29 January 2013

Britain has pledged to deploy troops to Mali and the US is planning a base for drones as the imperialist intervention in the Sahara escalates.

France sends troops to secure Niger uranium mines

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2013

After invading Mali, France has dispatched special forces troops to secure uranium mines in neighboring Niger run by the French state-owned nuclear power company Areva.

Australia: Government and media endorse French intervention in Mali

By Richard Phillips, 25 January 2013

Media editorials have openly pointed to Australian mining investments in Africa as the reason for supporting the military operation.

Reports of atrocities emerge as France escalates Mali war

By Ernst Wolff, 24 January 2013

Thirteen days after starting a war in Mali, France is boosting its military presence amid reports of civilian and ethnic-based killings by French and allied forces.

Canada to expand support for French imperialism’s war on Mali

By Louis Girard and Keith Jones, 24 January 2013

Canadian armed forces are deeply implicated in the French invasion of Mali.

Imperialist powers escalate war in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 22 January 2013

Amid the French offensive in Mali, the imperialist powers are laying out plans for a lasting neo-colonial intervention in all of Western Africa.

French Left Front promotes war in Mali

By Kumaran Ira, 22 January 2013

France’s Left Front is supporting President François Hollande’s decision to launch a war in Mali, while issuing tactical criticisms of his policies.

France escalates Mali war amid Algerian hostage crisis

By Kumaran Ira, 18 January 2013

France has increased its troop deployment in Mali to 1,400, amid a hostage crisis after Islamist militants seized an Algerian natural gas complex to protest the war.

France continues to bomb Mali as Islamist opposition forces advance

By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2013

French warplanes continued to bomb Mali yesterday as French ground forces entered the country to protect the military junta of Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo.

Hands off Mali!

By Alex Lantier, 15 January 2013

For the fourth time in two years, France has launched a major neo-colonial war against a Third World country.

France launches war in northern Mali

By Ernst Wolff and Alex Lantier, 14 January 2013

French forces bombed northern Mali on Friday and over the weekend, while hundreds of French troops arrived in the capital Bamako.

UN Security Council approves military intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff and Alex Lantier, 22 December 2012

On Thursday, the UN Security Council authorized foreign intervention in Mali under the pretext of freeing northern Mali from occupation by Islamist forces.

Junta forces Malian prime minister to resign

By Ernst Wolff, 15 December 2012

Mali’s Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra was arrested and forced to resign by the country’s military junta on Monday night.

West African states prepare intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 17 November 2012

The Economic Community of West African States has reiterated its readiness to deploy 3,300 soldiers to the north of Mali before the start of the rainy season.

Clinton visit to Algeria prepares war in Mali

By Kumaran Ira, 3 November 2012

Hillary Clinton visited Algiers Monday to secure Algerian support for an imperialist intervention in Mali, as a conference to plan for war opened in Bamako.

EU and the US prepare military intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 26 October 2012

European and US diplomats and military experts are preparing for a military intervention in Mali.

France, US step up pressure for military intervention in Mali

By Kumaran Ira, 2 October 2012

France and the United States are urging UN Security Council to approve a West African-manned military intervention in Northern Mali.

UN prepares French-backed intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 25 September 2012

The West African Economic Community and the government of Mali have agreed on the conditions of a military operation in northern Mali.

Western powers preparing intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 17 July 2012

Just as the international intervention in Libya was aimed in part at denying China access to North African oil, a military intervention in Mali either led by the US or in cooperation with Washington would target Chinese influence in the country.

France threatens to back intervention in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 10 April 2012

Amid ongoing fighting in Mali, France and the US are threatening to organize a military intervention in the country.

France pledges to back action to crush Mali army revolt

By Antoine Lerougetel, 5 April 2012

France is signaling it will back military action to crush an army revolt that deposed Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré.

Military launches coup in Mali

By Olivier Laurent, 28 March 2012

Mutinous soldiers led by Captain Amadou Sanagou seized power last Thursday in Bamako, the capital of Mali.