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Feb 13, 2013 — French and Malian troops are searching houses in Gao, Mali, for explosive materials left by retreating Islamist militants, who regrouped to attack the town again last weekend.
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Jan 28, 2013 — It's feared that thousands of ancient manuscripts may have been destroyed in the fire. The oldest is said to date to 1204. Meanwhile, French and Malian forces are securing the ancient city and searching for the Islamist extremists.
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Jan 22, 2013 — The grinning image has angered the French brass. They're launching an investigation to identify the soldier. According to the AFP photographer who took the photo, the soldier and his comrades were trying to cover their faces as a helicopter kicked up dust.
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Jan 16, 2013 — After five days of airstrikes aimed at Islamist militants, French troops are engaged in their first ground operation in Mali, according to several news outlets. The rebels, who had vowed to retaliate, may have done so by grabbing hostages at an oil field in neighboring Algeria.
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Jan 14, 2013 — Looking to rout Islamist militants who might try to make Mali a base for terrorist operations elsewhere, French forces have been mounting air and ground attacks. The militants pushed back on Monday and said they would take the fight to French soil.
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Oct 2, 2012 — As al-Qaida has fragmented, U.S. officials have turned their attention to loosely affiliated groups that present threats of their own. Officials tell The Washington Post that among the steps being considered are drone strikes aimed at terrorists based in North Africa.
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May 1, 2012 — A counter-coup staged by supporters of the ousted president of Mali failed and junta leaders kept control of the capital. The junta only controls a third of Mali; the remainder is held by ethnic Tuareg and Islamist rebels. A report alleges Tuareg rebels are committing horrific human rights abuses.
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Mar 12, 2013 — Malian authorities continue to hold newspaper publisher Boukary Daou for printing an open letter to Malian authorities. The letter warns that Malian soldiers could lay down their weapons in the fight against Islamist militants unless they're told why a former coup leader is getting a huge salary.
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Feb 22, 2013 — About 100 U.S. troops will help France gather information on Islamist fighters in neighboring Mali, many of whom escaped from French troops who've retaken towns from the militants.
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Feb 5, 2013 — One of the Islamist leaders is accused of enforcing harsh punishments against Malians under his control, such as stoning, amputations and beatings.
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