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# Mali

Last month
September 2023
Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso: Three military regimes sign mutual defence pact
All three countries have undergone coups since 2020, most recently Niger.
64 people killed after attacks on army base and passenger boat in northern Mali
The assaults were “claimed” by a group affiliated to Al-Qaeda.
Coups d'état: How France's imperial legacy continues to influence West African politics
The military leaders in Niger have this week ordered the expulsion of the French ambassador Sylvain Itte despite his refusal to recognise the authority of the junta.
This year
UN peacekeeping force in Mali leaves base early over insecurity
Fighting has broken out between factions in Mali as nearby Niger and Burkina Faso are engulfed in conflict.
DFA 'carefully monitoring' situation in Niger as European partners launch rescue mission
The unrest comes as Niger is the latest country in the African region of the Sahel to suffer a coup along with Mali and Burkina Faso.
UN Security Council ends Mali peacekeeping mission at government's insistence
The vote comes two weeks after Malian foreign minister Abdoulaye Diop stunned the Security Council by calling the UN mission a “failure” .
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
French defence minister warns Mali against Russian 'mercenary' firm
France has deployed troops to Mali and the general Sahel area to fight Jihadist groups.
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.
Mali president resigns after military coup
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s government had been beset by months of protests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Irish Defence Forces members safe after armed men storm hotel
Four gunmen attacked a training base in Mali, one was shot dead.
Australian couple in their 80s kidnapped by African Islamist group
The couple have lived in Burkina Faso for over 40 years.
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.
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.
Al-Qaeda linked group kills 27 after nine-hour Mali hotel siege
An Al-Qaeda-affiliated group is reportedly claiming responsibility.
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.