French Military Says It Killed Top Qaeda Leader in Africa
If confirmed, the death of Abdelmalek Droukdal would be a blow to one of the terrorist group’s most successful and resilient affiliates.
U.S. Military Cutting Medevac Flights for Troops in West Africa
As Army Green Berets move to confront new threats in the Sahel, the Pentagon is reducing the number of helicopters available for casualty evacuation flights.
On the Road With the French Foreign Legion
Squeezed inside a military fighting vehicle in West Africa with soldiers from around the world recruited to France’s legendary force, just days before social distancing became the norm.
Crisis in the Sahel Becoming France’s Forever War
Riding along with French troops hunting Islamist militants in France’s unwinnable West African war.
Canadian and Italian Hostages Are Freed in Mali After 15 Months
Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto went missing in December 2018, in an area known to be an Islamic State stronghold.
Desert Empires: Wonders to Behold
Two hundred rare objects at the Metropolitan Museum trace the remarkable history and cultural heritage of kingdoms on the rim of the Sahara.
France Agrees to Small Troop Increase, but Little Else, at Sahel Summit
President Emmanuel Macron and five African leaders agreed that French troops would remain in the fight against Islamist militants.
Pentagon Eyes Africa Drawdown as First Step in Global Troop Shift
The deliberations stem from a push to reduce missions battling distant terrorist groups, and to instead refocus on confronting so-called Great Powers like Russia and China.
Helicopter Crash in Mali Kills 13 French Troops
The midair collision of two helicopters was the deadliest incident in decades for the French military. The troops were part of a French force combating Islamist extremists.
Gunmen in Burkina Faso Attack Canadian Mining Company Convoy, Killing 37
The ambush, which also wounded 60 people, was the third deadly attack on the Semafo mining company in 15 months.
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