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Tuesday 6 June 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Mali

This year
# Africa
Ireland 'substantially reduces' Defence Forces personnel on EU Mali training mission
Mali, along with Burkina Faso and Niger in the Sahel Region of Africa, is scene to a major Islamist insurgency in recent years.
Last year
# Germany
Germany along with Irish troops suspends military operations in United Nations Mali mission
The Irish Army Ranger Wing will end its participation with German troops in Mali in September.
# Africa
Mali suspends new personnel arrivals to UN peacekeeping mission - which includes Irish troops
MINSUMA is the mission in which the Army Ranger Wing is involved.
# Mali
Sinn Féin TD accused of 'slur' against Irish Defence Forces' training work in Mali
The exchange between Simon Coveney and Deputy John Brady happened during a Defence and Foreign Affairs committee on peace keeping.
# Peace missions
Government renews approval for Irish peacekeeping missions in Syria and Kosovo
Irish troops are based in the Golan Heights and the Kosovar capital Pristina in UN mandated operations.
# Mali
Irish soldiers to stay in war-torn Mali for now despite French announcement of troop withdrawal
There are 34 Irish troops in Mali at present.
# All Square
Gambia score late equaliser penalty against Mali as both sides look set to progress at AFCON
Ibrahima Kone put Mali in front before Musa Barrow drew the sides level in the 90th minute.
All time
# Mali
French defence minister warns Mali against Russian 'mercenary' firm
France has deployed troops to Mali and the general Sahel area to fight Jihadist groups.
# military coup
Coveney calls for immediate release of Mali president and prime minister after sacking by army strongman
The country’s president and prime minister have been detained by the military, after a coup was carried out last August.
# new elections
Mali president resigns after military coup
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s government had been beset by months of protests.
# Kati
Mali’s president and prime minister held by mutinous troops
Earlier, soldiers in the garrison town of Kati took up arms and detained senior military officers.
# Mali
Al-Qaeda's chief in north Africa killed, says French defence minister
Abdelmalek Droukdel was the leader of al-Qaeda in north Africa.
Three Irish soldiers injured in Mali after device explodes near convoy
The soldiers were injured around 900km north-east of the capital Bamako.
Army Ranger Wing prepares for deployment to UN mission in 'hostile environment' of Mali
The mission has been described as the most dangerous UN peacekeeping mission in the world.
# Going through
Zaha goal takes Ivory Coast through to quarter-finals of African Cup of Nations
The Crystal Palace star, who is being linked with a move to Arsenal, scored a decisive goal on Monday.
# Army ranger Wing
Dáil approval to send Ireland's Army Ranger Wing to Mali
The mission has been described as the most dangerous UN peacekeeping mission in the world.
# Dogon
38 dead in attacks on two Mali villages
A vote on Irish troops participating in a UN mission in Mali is due to take place in the Dáil on Thursday.
# Explainer
What's behind the violence in Mali and why does the Government want to send elite Defence Forces members there?
This week, Cabinet approved a proposal to send troops abroad for peacekeeping duties.
# Defence Forces
Cabinet approves proposal to deploy Defence Forces personnel to UN mission in Mali
The approval comes after nearly 100 people were killed in recent days in a deadly massacre in the country.
# Massacre
'Murderous attack': Nearly 100 people killed and 19 missing in latest massacre in Mali
There are currently 20 Irish Defence Forces personnel deployed to the EU Training Mission in Mali.
# Peacekeeping
Cabinet to hear proposal to send Army Ranger Wing to Mali
If approved this would be the first deployment of the ARW overseas in their special forces role since their deployment to Chad in 2008.
# Defence Forces
Massacre of 160 people in Mali 'underlines need for international presence', Dept Defence says
There are currently 20 Irish Defence Forces personnel deployed to the EU Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali.
# Defence Forces
Irish Defence Forces mission in Mali extended by 12 months
Serious consideration is being given to sending a small contingent of the Irish Army Ranger Wing to Mali.
# Mali
Varadkar to travel to Mali today to meet with Irish Defence Forces serving abroad
Varadkar will be accompanied by Minister of State with responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe.
# Mali
Armed hunters 'surrounded the village, separated the people and killed 32 in cold blood'
Violence has increased over the past three years in central Mali in disputes over access to land and water.
# Irish Soldiers
Two Defence Forces members located after terror attack at Mali hotel
Two EU workers were killed in the attack on a hotel on the edge of the capital Bamako.
# Good Samaritan
Controversial PSG defender Aurier praised for 'saving the life' of opponent
The Ivorian has been commended for helping Mali’s Moussa Doumbia, who was knocked out during their recent international match.
# Mali
Irish Defence Forces members safe after armed men storm hotel
Four gunmen attacked a training base in Mali, one was shot dead.
# Ansar Dine
Australian couple in their 80s kidnapped by African Islamist group
The couple have lived in Burkina Faso for over 40 years.
# Mali
Three people, including two UN peacekeepers, killed in attack by suspected Islamist militants
A further 20 people were injured in the pre-dawn attack, four seriously.
Are we willing to risk Irish lives by sending troops to Mali or Lebanon?
Minister Simon Coveney must address the potential dangers involved in sending Irish soldiers to replace French forces, Ryan McCarrel writes.
# Mali
Jihadi group names attackers responsible for deadly hotel siege in Mali
Two separate organisations have now claimed responsibility for the attack on the luxury Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako.
# special forces storm
Al-Qaeda linked group kills 27 after nine-hour Mali hotel siege
An Al-Qaeda-affiliated group is reportedly claiming responsibility.
# causalities of war
Here are some of the heritage sites Islamic State have blown up so far
This week the terrorist group destroyed a 2,000 year old temple — but it’s not its first time.
# masked killer
Two Europeans among five killed, as gunman opens fire in Mali nightclub
“The killer came here because there were foreigners. He wanted to kill foreigners, that’s for sure,” a waiter at the club said.
Column: The people making a new life in the desert after civil war
The Mbera refugee camp is home to 50,000 people – most of them from northern Mali, a country torn apart by civil war.
# Death
Two-year-old girl dies of Ebola in Mali's first case
The girl had recently returned to Mali from neighbouring Guinea.
# Tragedy
'No survivors' from Air Algerie crash over Mali --- French President
The wreckage of the plane has been located 50km north of the Burkina Faso border in Mali’s Gossi region.
# Crash
Air Algerie wreckage found in Mali after 'disintegrating'
France will send a military unit to secure the wreckage.
# Missing You
'I will be home soon, son': Irish soldiers stationed abroad mark Father's Day
Members of the Defence Forces who are serving in Syria, Lebanon and Mali have sent messages home to their families.