Gunmen attack Malian soldiers in rebel stronghold: Governor

The Malian army came under attack today from gunmen in the northern rebel stronghold of Kidal, the regional governor said, three days after peace talks with rebels broke down.

French troops to quit Timbuktu on Feb 07

French airstrikes targeted the fuel depots and desert hideouts of Islamic extremists in northern Mali overnight as a military spokeswoman said that French forces plan to hand control of Timbuktu to the Malian army this week.

Malian Army abuse claims deeply disturbing: Adama Dieng

UN Special Adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, reportedly said that he was “deeply disturbed” after reports of retaliatory attacks by Malian troops emerged.

‘French troops helping Malian Army in fight against Islamists’

French President Francois Hollande, who announced the surprise deployment, did not reveal how many French soldiers were on the ground or exactly what their mission is.