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Mali radicals recruited child soldiers at schools

GAO, Mali (AP) — The radical Islamic fighters showed up at Mohamed Salia's Quranic school, armed with weapons and demanding to address his students. Continue reading

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Thirteen Chadian soldiers, 65 rebels killed in Mali

N’DJAMENA (Reuters) – Thirteen Chadian soldiers were killed in fighting in northern Mali on Friday, the heaviest casualties sustained by French and African troops since the launch of a military campaign against Islamist rebels there six weeks ago, Chad’s army said. Chadian troops killed 65 al Qaeda-linked fighters in the clashes that began before midday in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains near Mali’s northern border with Algeria Continue reading

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Syria: ‘Children Are Biggest Casualty’

Doctors in Aleppo tell Sky’s Stuart Ramsay that more children are being killed and injured in greater numbers than rebel fighters. Continue reading

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Mali: US Offers Refuelling Services To France

America offers assistance to French forces in mali as the northern city of Gao is recaptured from Islamist fighters. Continue reading

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Mali Islamists suffer split as Africans prepare assault

MARKALA, Mali/DAKAR (Reuters) – A split emerged on Thursday in the alliance of Islamist militant groups occupying northern Mali, as French and African troops prepared an offensive aimed at driving them from their safe haven in the Sahara. A senior negotiator from the Ansar Dine rebels who helped seize the north from Mali's government last year said he was now part of a faction that wanted talks and rejected the group's alliance with al Qaeda's North African franchise AQIM. It was unclear how many fighters had joined the new Islamic Movement of Azawad (MIA) faction. Continue reading

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French troops take central Mali towns, rebels slip away

DIABALY, Mali (Reuters) – French and Malian armored columns rolled into the towns of Diabaly and Douentza in central Mali on Monday after the al Qaeda-linked rebels who had seized them fled into the bush to avoid air strikes. France said the advance was a significant step in its campaign to break Islamist fighters' grip over Mali's vast desert north, a presence raising fears of the region becoming a an African launchpad for international militant attacks Continue reading

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Prince Harry: I Killed Taliban In Afghanistan

Prince Harry confirms that he took enemy fighters “out of the game” as he ends his second tour of Afghanistan. Continue reading

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French airstrikes jolt Islamists in Malian town

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Backed by French air strikes, Malian forces appeared close to recapturing a key central town in Mali where bands of al-Qaida-linked fighters had holed up, France's defense minister said Sunday. Continue reading

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Mali army retakes town, Islamists flee French air raids

BAMAKO/MARKALA, Mali (Reuters) – Islamist rebels in Mali abandoned the central town of Diabaly on Friday after fleeing a French air strike, military sources said, while West African troops arrived in Bamako to take on the insurgents in Mali's north. France, warning that Islamist control over Mali's vast deserts and rugged mountains threatened the security of Africa and the West, had targeted Diabaly in an eighth day of air strikes to dislodge hardened al Qaeda-linked fighters there Continue reading

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US drones kill senior Taliban figure in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An American drone strike in Pakistan has killed a top Taliban commander who sent money and fighters to battle the U.S. in Afghanistan but had a truce with the Pakistani military, officials said Thursday. Continue reading

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