1000-1100 The desert village of Araouane, 161
miles north of Timbuktu, was first mentioned about this time. It was
a wealthy settlement that flourished off the caravans and drew water
from 150-foot wells.
(AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.84)
c1100 Timbuktu was founded about this time as a
seasonal Tuareg nomad camp around a well that was maintained by a
group of slaves under an old woman, Buktu, "the place of Buktu."
Tuareg is a derisive Arab term meaning abandoned by the gods.
Natives prefer to be know as Kel Tamashek people.
(AM, 11/00, p.51)(SSFC, 4/11/04, p.D6)(SFC,
1200-1400 Timbuktu, a major trading center in the
Malian Empire, reached a population of some 100,000 during this
(WSJ, 2/1/06, p.D12)
1235 The king of Mali,
Sundiata, defeated Sumanguru at the battle of Kirina. From then on
Mali replaced Ghana as the major power in West Africa. Sundiata
established his capital at Niana on the upper Niger.
1307 Mansa Musa (d.1337),
Mali’s greatest ruler, succeeded to the throne. He commissioned
(ATC, p.119)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R4,6)
1324-1325 Mansa Musa (Kankan Moussa), king of
Mali, made the 3,500 mile pilgrimage to Mecca with gold valued at
$115 million in 1999 prices. He traveled with a very large retinue
that included 80 camels and 500 slaves. An Arab chronicler said he
was surrounded by over 10,000 of his subjects.
(ATC, p.119)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R6)(SSFC, 4/11/04,
1332 Mansa Musa, King of Mali,
died. His successors were not able to protect Mali’s vast territory
and Berber nomads began attacking caravan routes in the desert and
threatened to take Timbuktu. People from the southern rain forests
attacked the southern boundary and to the west the Songhai of the
middle Niger River began to revolt.
1353 Ibn Battuta spent a few
months in Mali and left a full description of his experiences.
(Enc. of Africa, 1976, p.170)
1400 Mali (Africa) was under
attack from all four sides and gradually weakened in power.
1434 Nomadic Tuaregs seized
Timbuktu, Mali, from invaders.
1464 Sonni Ali became the first
king of the Songhai Empire, located in west Africa (later Mali) and
the 15th ruler of the Sonni dynasty. Under the guidance of Sunni
Ali, the Songhai began to conquer their neighbors and expand their
kingdom. Goa became the capital of the Songhai empire. When Sunni
Ali died rule was passed to his son, a non-Muslim.
1526 Leo Africanus
(c1494-c1554), a Moorish traveler, authored “Descrittione
dell’Africa" (Description of Africa) describing the geography of
North Africa. He had visited Timbuktu and said books from abroad
traded there at higher prices than fabrics, animals or salt.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Africanus)(Econ, 12/19/15, p.63)
1558 Sidi Mahmoud Ben Amar
(b.1463/64), a member of the Berber tribe of the Godala, died in
Mali. He was named Cadi in 1498 or 99. His tomb in Timbuktu was
later named a World Heritage site.
1590 Apr 25, The Sultan of
Morocco launched his successful attack to capture Timbuktu. Morocco
sent 4,000 soldiers under the Muslim Spaniard Judar Pasha to conquer
Songhai. After a five month journey across the Shara, Pasha arrived
with only 1,000 men, but his soldiers carried guns. The 25,000 men
of the Songhai were no match for the guns and Gao, Timbuktu and most
of Songhai fall.
(ATC, p.122)(HN, 4/25/98)
1796 Jul, Mungo Park, Scottish
surgeon, reached the Niger River at Segou, (Mali). Mansong, the
African chief at Segou, gave Park enough money to return to the
coast. Park described his journey in his book: "Travels in the
Interior Districts of Africa" (1799).
(ON, 7/00, p.10)(Econ 5/13/17, p.74)
1805 Jan 31, Mungo Park set
sail from Portsmouth to Africa where he planned to navigate the
Niger River to its mouth.
(ON, 7/00, p.10)
1805 Aug 9, Mungo Park reached
the town of Bamako after losing 25 of his 35 soldiers.
(ON, 7/00, p.11)
1805 Sep 27, Mungo Park reached
the town of Sansanding with 11,000 inhabitants, where he planned to
build boats to journey down the Niger.
(ON, 7/00, p.12)
1805 Oct 28, Alexander
Anderson, the brother of Mungo Park’s wife, died of fever at
(ON, 7/00, p.12)
1805 Nov 20, Mungo Park
departed Sansanding with 4 remaining soldiers , 3 slaves and a new
(ON, 7/00, p.12)
1806 cFeb, Mungo Park drowned
in the Niger River during an attack by armed men near Bussa. He had
traveled some 1500 miles down the Niger River.
(ON, 7/00, p.12)
1815 The merchant ship
Commerce, under Capt. James Riley (d.1840) of Connecticut, wrecked
off the northwest coast of Africa. He survived captivity under
Muslim slave traders and endured a lengthy trek across the Sahara.
He later authored "An authentic Narrative of the Loss of the
American Brig Commerce." In 2004 Dean King authored "Skeletons on
the Zahara: A True Story of Survival."
(SSFC, 2/22/04, p.M1)
1816 Robert Adams, the 1st
Westerner to reach Timbuktu, transcribed an account of his
experiences there as an enslaved American sailor.
(Econ, 12/20/03, p.126)
1825 Jul 16, Alexander Gordon
Laing (32), British Army Major, set off on camel from Tripoli in an
attempt to become the 1st European to cross the Sahara Desert and
reach the fabled city of Timbuktu (Mali).
(SSFC, 1/1/06, p.M2)(ON, 11/06, p.5)
1826 Aug 13, Major Gordon
Laing, Scottish explorer, became the 1st European to enter Timbuktu
(Mali), where some 12,000 people lived. Laing was killed by a Tuareg
nomad spear on Sep 26 as he headed for Morocco. In 2005 Frank T.
Kryza authored “The Race for Timbuktu: In Search of Africa’s City of
(SSFC, 4/11/04, p.D6)(SSFC, 1/1/06, p.M2)(Econ,
1/7/06, p.75)(ON, 11/06, p.6)
1828 Pres. John Quincy Adams
helped Abdul Rahman Ibrahima, a former prince from Timbuktu, gain
freedom following 40 years of enslavement on a cotton plantation.
(Econ, 9/26/15, p.32)
1828 Rene Auguste Caillie of
France reached Timbuktu disguised as a Muslim trader. In 1830 he
published an account of his journey.
(SSFC, 4/11/04, p.D6)(ON, 11/06, p.7)
1830 Richard Lander, British
explorer, completed Mungo Park’s journey down the Niger from Bussa
to the mouth of the river in 5 months.
(ON, 7/00, p.12)
1880 The city of Timbuktu,
later part of Mali, became part of the French colony of Upper
(ON, 11/06, p.7)
1893 France began colonizing
West Africa and Timbuktu came under French rule until Mali became
independent in 1960.
1894 In Mali Touareg nomads
first rebelled against the French and were bloodily suppresed.
(Econ, 1/20/07, p.58)
c1929 Seydou Keida [Keita],
photographer, was born. He ran a successful studio from his home
city of Bamako from 1945-1977. He later achieved int’l. acclaim. A
book of his work was published in 1997 edited by Andre Magnin:
"Seydou Keita." Keita died Nov 22, 2001 in Paris.
(SFC, 3/8/96, p.E1)(SFEC, 7/27/97, BR p.6)(WSJ,
1932 In Mali French colonial
authorities planned a 2.47 million acre irrigation project to grow
cotton and rice and to develop hydropower in the Mali desert. By
1982 only 6% of the region was developed. The World Bank took over
in 1985 with some success in farming rice.
(SFC, 12/21/07, p.A31)
1946 France granted Malians
French citizenship and limited self-rule.
1950s In the 1950s when the
French gave independence to their West African colonies, the Touareg
people and their ancestral lands were parceled out among the newly
created nations of Mali, Niger, Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Chad.
1959 With French support the
French Sudan and Senegal formed the Federation of Mali.
1960 Jun 20, The Federation of
Mali became independent.
1960 Aug 20, Senegal broke from
Mali federation and declared independence.
1960 Sep 22, Mali became an
independent republic. Pres. Modibo Keita was elected the first
president and introduced a one-party dictatorship.
1968 Nov 19, Gen'l. Moussa
Traore (b.1936) began serving as the 2nd president of Mali after
leading the military ouster of Pres. Modibo Keita (1915-1977. Traore
then ruled for 23 years.
1968 Dec 6, The original Malian
constitution was abrogated after a military coup d'etat and replaced
by a new fundamental law.
1968-1973 A severe famine hit the Sahel region of
North Africa. Mauritania, Mali, Upper Volta (Burkina Faso) and Niger
were most affected.
(Econ, 8/20/05, p.57)
1975 May 25, ECOWAS Treaty1 was
signed. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was
formed in Nigeria with 15 members that included: Benin, Cape Verde,
Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali,
Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Upper Volta (later
1977 May 16, In Mali former
Pres. Modibo Keita (1915-1977) died in prison. His reputation was
rehabilitated in 1992 following the overthrow of Moussa Traore and
subsequent the election of president Alpha Oumar Konare. A monument
for Modibo Keita, was dedicated in Bamako on June 6, 1999.
1979 Jun 19, In Mali
presidential and general elections were held. Moussa Traore was
elected President and Mady Sangare was elected as Speaker of the
1980 Colonel Muammar Khaddafi
of Libya recruited the nationless, disenfranchised nomads by
implying that he would train the Kel Tamashek and provide weapons to
fight for their independence from the Malian government. The rebels
slowly realized that Khadaffi's only intention was to use them in
his own wars. Some of these dejected fighters formed the band
Tinariwen in Khadaffi's rebel camp.
1982 The founding members of
Tinariwen came together as a band, whilst they were in exile in
Libya. They were deeply involved in the Touareg’s armed struggle.
1985 The town of Sanankoroba
established a sister-town relationship with Sainte-Elizabeth,
(SFC, 2/27/98, p.D2)
1989 UNESCO declared Mali's
Cliff of Bandiagara, famous for its homes carved into the rock as
well as the traditional way of life, a world heritage site.
1990 The "Second Tuareg
Rebellion" broke out, a struggle to liberate a region in the north
from the Malian government.
1991 Mar 26, Mali became a
democracy after a Revolution. Gen. Amadou Toumani Toure seized power
in a coup. Prior to the period of French colonialism, each of 12
ethnic groups governed itself.
(SFC, 6/7/96, p.A12)(Econ, 7/30/05, p.41)(AFP,
1992 Feb 25, The Republic of
Mali proclaimed a new Constitution.
1992 Gen. Amadou Toumani Toure
introduced multi-party democracy in Mali.
(Econ, 7/30/05, p.41)
1993 Gen'l. Moussa Traore was
condemned to death for ordering the killing of over 100
demonstrators, but the sentence was commuted to life in prison. He
was again condemned to death in 1999 for misappropriating public
funds, but his sentence was again commuted to life in prison.
(SFC, 9/23/99, p.A12)
1994-2004 Gold production in Mali grew from 6.3
million tons to 39.3 million tons.
(SFC, 9/22/05, p.A14)
c1995 In Mali a Swiss
development worker invented a low-cost machine for milling and
grinding. By 2002 the $4,000 machine was in some 300 villages and
benefited numerous women who had previously hours pounding and
grinding grains for daily meals.
(WSJ, 7/26/02, p.A1)
1995 Prof. Pamela Ronald and
colleagues isolated the blight-resistance gene from a variety of
wild rice cultivated in Mali. The blight was caused by the
Xanthomonas orizae bacterium. She pushed for a got a percentage of
the royalty rights to be used for fellowships for scientists from
(SFC, 5/26/97, p.A16)
1996 Jun, The administration of
Pres. Alpha Oumar Konare was privatizing and encouraging investment,
foreign and domestic. The leading radio station in the capital,
Bamako, was owned by Modibo Diallo.
(SFC, 6/7/96, p.A12)
1996 Cheick Oumar Sissoko,
Paris educated and Mali-based writer and director, showed his film
"Guimba the Tyrant" at the SF Int’l. Film Festival.
(SFC, 1/17/96, p.D3)
1996 In Mali “the Flame of
Peace" ceremony, in which thousands of weapons were incinerated,
marked a reconciliation between the Touareg nomads and the
government. The annual “Festival in the Desert" music festival grew
as an outshoot of this. It took place near Essakane, an oasis some
40 miles north-west of Timbuktu.
(Econ, 1/20/07, p.58)
1996 A peace accord in Mali
allowed Kel Tamashek people to integrate into Malian society.
(SFC, 10/30/04, p.E5)
1997 Aug, From Chad a plague of
locusts began to spread across the country with as many as 200
locusts per square yard.
(SFC, 9/27/97, p.A21)
1998 Jun 26, In the Ivory Coast
Alioune Blondin Beye, a diplomat from Mali, crashed in a small plane
near Abidjan. He had just met with Togo Pres. Gnassigbe Eyadema to
support peace talks in Angola. Three other passengers were Koffi
Adjovi of Togo, journalist Moktar Gueye of Senegal, and Baendegar
Dessandre of Chad.
(SFEC, 6/28/98, p.A18)
1998 Nov 11, It was reported
that Pfizer and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation initiated a $66
million effort to attack trachoma, a disease of the eye caused by
chlamydia. A one-gram dose of zithromax given once a year would
treat the disease. Focus was to be on Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Tanzania
(SFC, 11/11/98, p.D6)
1999 Jan 4, In Sierra Leone
Nigerian troops repelled a rebel attack on Freetown's airport.
Gambia and Mali agreed to send troops to join the Nigerian forces.
(WSJ, 1/5/99, p.A1)
2000 Oct, In southern Mali the
Morila gold mine opened near Sanso. By 2005 it had generated nearly
$180 million in profits. Randgold Resources and Anglo-Gold Ashanti
of South Africa divided an 80% stake and the Mali government owned
the rest. Benefits to local people proved miniscule and after 5
years Sanso still had no electricity and no paved roads.
(SFC, 9/22/05, p.A14)
2000 Dec 23, In Niger William
Bultemeier, a US Defense Department official, was killed. Staff
Sergeant Christopher McNeely, who had run to Bultemeier's aid,
survived the shooting but suffered lasting injuries. Alhassane Ould
Mohamed and a co-conspirator fled in a US Embassy vehicle after
searching Bultemeier and McNeely's pockets. The car was later found
in Timbuktu, in neighboring Mali. On Sep 13, 2013, US prosecutors
unsealed an indictment against Alhassane Ould Mohamed (42), a Malian
man, for the killing and who remained at large.
2001 May 23, US Sec. of State
Colin Powell began his 4-nation African tour in Mali and met with
Pres. Alfa Omar Konare.
(SFC, 5/24/01, p.C2)
2001 Nov 22, Seydou Keida
[Keita], photographer, died in Paris at age 78 or 81. He had run a
successful studio from his home city of Bamako from 1945-1977. He
later achieved int’l. acclaim. A book of his work was published in
1997 edited by Andre Magnin: "Seydou Keita."
(SFC, 3/8/96, p.E1)(SFEC, 7/27/97, BR p.6)(WSJ,
12/4/97, p.A20)(WSJ, 12/7/01, p.A23)
2002 Apr 28, Elections were
held for 24 candidates in the presidential race. A run-off for the
top 2 was set for May 12.
(SFC, 5/3/02, p.A10)
2002 May 12, In Mali runoff
elections were held. Retired Gen. Amadou Toure won 68% of the vote.
The coalition candidate Siumaila Cisse, a wealthy former finance
minister, conceded with 32%.
(SFC, 5/16/02, p.A8)
2002 Jun 8, In Mali former
junta leader Amadou Toumani Toure was sworn in for a five-year term
as the new democratically elected president.
2002 Aug 10, In Mali a
Constitutional Court reversed the outcome of last month's
parliamentary elections, giving an opposition alliance a comfortable
2003 Jan 8, In Mali the 3rd
annual Festival of the Desert ended in Essakane.
(SFC, 1/11/03, p.D1)
2003 Aug 18, A six-month ordeal
for 14 European tourists kidnapped by Islamic extremists while on
desert safaris in Algeria has ended with their release to officials
in neighboring Mali.
2003 Sep 8, In Mali
authorities said torrential rains have killed scores and caused
heavy property damage, warning of worse to come if the Niger River
spills its banks.
2003 Anthony Sattin authored
"The Gates of Africa: Death, Discovery and the Search for Timbuktu.
(Econ, 12/20/03, p.126)
2004 Aug 6, Mali said swarms of
locusts had spread across most of its vast arid territory. The
swarms were moving across the Sahara desert toward countries
including Senegal, Niger, Chad and Gambia
2004 Sep 15, Eight French
speaking African countries began retiring over 1 billion in decaying
currency with new CFA francs. Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau,
Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo had until Dec 31 to turn
in old bills for new ones.
(SFC, 9/15/04, p.C8)
2004 US Special Forces began
training local troops in Mauritania and Mali under a program called
the Pan-Sahel Initiative. The program was renamed the Trans-Sahara
Counter-Terrorism Initiative and taken over by Marines, who extended
the training to Chad and Niger.
(SFC, 10/2/04, p.A8)
2004 Mali’s population numbered
11-12 million people.
(WSJ, 6/22/04, p.A1)(Econ, 7/30/05, p.41)
2005 Jun, The Trans-Sahara
Counter-Terrorism Initiative began operations. The US funded plan
intended to provide military equipment and development aid to 9
north-east African countries considered fertile ground for Muslim
militant groups. Participating countries included Algeria, Chad,
Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tunisia.
(SFC, 12/27/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul, Mali officials
estimated that 4 million people faced starvation in Mali and Niger,
due to drought and locusts from the previous year. 10% of the Mali’s
population faced starvation.
(Econ, 7/30/05, p.41)
2005 Dec 2, African leaders and
French President Jacques Chirac converged on Mali for a two-day
summit expected to focus on Africa's conflict hotspots, immigration
and the problems of African youth.
2005 Dec 4, In Mali at a
weekend Franco-African summit President Jacques Chirac called upon
the US to remove the subsidies to their cotton producers. Chirac
also urged rich countries to double development aid, as African
leaders warned tackling poverty was crucial to stem a growing tide
of illegal immigration.
2006 Jan 14, In Bamako, Mali,
China unveiled plans to boost its ties with Africa, outlining a new
relationship with the continent based on a "win-win" concept of
economic and military cooperation.
2006 Jan 23, In Mali a closing
ceremony was held for a gathering of the World Social Forum. Other
gatherings were set for Pakistan and Venezuela. The first World
Social Forum was held in Brazil in 2001 and coincides each year with
the market-friendly World Economic Forum of political and business
leaders in Davos, Switzerland.
(AP, 1/24/06)(SFC, 1/24/06, p.A2)
2006 Mar 7, Ali Farka Toure
(b.1939), a traditional African musician who won two Grammy Awards,
died in his home in Bamako, Mali, after a long illness.
2006 Nov 13, The US signed a
461 million dollar aid "compact" with Mali to finance a giant
irrigation project and expand the international airport in the
poverty-stricken African nation.
2006 Dec 6, A conference on
bird flu opened in Mali. Experts were increasingly concerned for
Africa as an international conference heard that Egypt, Nigeria, and
Sudan continued to record outbreaks of the deadly disease.
2007 Apr 28, The 1st round of
the Mali presidential election garnered a turnout of around 36%.
Incumbent President Amadou Toumani Toure (59), one of 8 candidates,
was widely expected to win a second term. General Amadou Toumani
Toure and Soumaila Cisse, candidate for the ruling party Adema,
faced each other for the 2nd round.
2007 May 5, The 12 million
people of Mali earned on average less than $400 a year.
(Econ, 5/5/07, p.62)
2007 Jun 29, Laura Bush wrapped
up a tour of Africa by visiting a school and sitting in on a math
class in Mali, saying she was impressed by education efforts in the
2007 Jul 7, Mali’s
decentralized government numbered 702 local communes as opposed to
18 in 1991.
(Econ, 7/7/07, p.28)
2007 Aug 30, A transport
vehicle hit a land mine in tense northern Mali, killing 10 people.
2007 Aug, In Mali Ag Bahanga
took up arms and kidnapped 36 soldiers, in spite of a peace pact
signed in neighboring Algeria in July 2006. The last 22 of those
troops were released on March 8, 2008, following intervention by
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi.
2008 Mar 20, In Mali clashes
began around Tinzaouatene, near the Algerian border, as insurgents
attacked soldiers clearing mines in what the rebels feared was a
prelude to a government offensive. 3 soldiers were killed when their
vehicle was blown up by a mine and four captured in combat by the
2008 Mar 21, In Mali 5
civilians, including a child, were reported killed, again when their
vehicle hit a mine near Tinzaouatene. 29 soldiers were taken
prisoner when a convoy of wounded soldiers heading for Kidal was
intercepted by rebels.
2008 May 3, Insurgents attacked
an army convoy in northern Mali, violating a cease-fire and sparking
a fire fight that left five people dead.
2008 May 6, In northern and
central Mali attacks by Tuareg rebels on several army posts left one
2008 May 21, In northern Mali
27 people were killed, including 10 soldiers, following an insurgent
attack on an army base. Ethnic Tuareg rebels active in the area
claimed responsibility for the attack. They said only one of their
fighters died in the skirmish and that they had taken some 60
2008 Jul 18, In Algeria the
government of Mali and ethnic Tuareg rebels reached a truce
agreement in dangerous northern Mali. One faction of the Tuareg
group refused to sign the deal, saying it did not do enough to help
2008 Dec 14, On the Niger-Mali
border Tuareg rebels of the Front for the Forces of Redress (FFR)
kidnapped Robert Fowler, a Canadian UN special envoy, and Louis
Guay, a Canadian diplomat, along with their local driver. Days later
the FFR made contradictory statements both claiming and condemning
responsibility. On March, 2009, rebels released the driver. The
Canadian diplomats were released in April, 2009.
2008 Dec 20, In Mali suspected
Tuareg rebels attacked an army outpost in the country's remote
north, setting off a battle in which 20 people were killed.
2008 Libya, under the
leadership of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, signed a 50-year, renewable
lease for 100,000 hectares of agricultural land with Mali's
government. The land in the Malibya project was provided rent free,
with water rights included, on the condition that Libya build canals
and roads to cultivate rice and cattle there. Some 60,000 small
farmers residing within the area were left without water rights.
2009 Jan, Four tourists, two
Swiss, a German and a Briton, were kidnapped on the Mali-Niger
border. They were transferred to Al-Qaida's North Africa branch,
which asked for a ransom and the release of a radical Islamist
preacher held in Britain. A Swiss and a German tourist were released
in April. Edwin Dyer of Britain, was killed by his captors on May
31. The 2nd Swiss citizen, Werner Greiner, was released in July.
(AP, 4/23/09)(AP, 7/12/09)
2009 Feb 12, China's President
Hu Jintao arrived in Mali at the start of a four-country African
tour which Beijing insists is about strengthening cooperation and
not solely for economic gain.
2009 Feb 27, The UN Children's
Fund said 53 million children are being targeted by a mass
immunization drive against polio in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory
Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Togo. Some 844 polio cases were
reported in the 8 countries in 2008, 95% of them in Nigeria.
2009 May 31, In Mali it was
believed that Al-Qaida terrorists killed British hostage Edwin Dyer.
The fate of a Swiss hostage taken at the same time was unknown. Dyer
was abducted in January and his captors had threatened to kill him
by the end of May if Britain refused to release extremist preacher
Abu Qatada from prison.
2009 Jul 4, In Mali dozens of
people were killed during clashes in the Timbuktu region between the
army and Al-Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) fighters.
2009 Jul 17, The Malian army
announced that it had killed 26 "Islamist fighters" in the far north
of the country.
2009 Jul 21, Mali's president's
office announced that Spain plans to help Mali fight Al-Qaeda of the
Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which is active in the desert north of the
west African nation.
2009 Sep 22, The UN Office for
the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs announced that flash floods
and lighting have claimed 187 lives and affected 635,273 people in
west Africa since the rainy season started in June. This included
103 dead in Sierra Leone, followed by Ghana (24), Mali (20), Ivory
Coast (19), Burkina Faso (8), Niger (7) and Senegal (6).
2009 Oct 20, The United States
presented Mali security forces with more than $5 million in new
vehicles and other equipment.
2009 Nov 2, In Mali the burned
debris of a Boeing cargo plane was discovered on Nov. 2 in the Gao
region. It was assumed to have landed on a clandestine landing strip
and either failed to take off again or was destroyed on purpose.
Ample traces of cocaine were found on board. Drug smugglers had
flown the plane from Venezuela, unloaded it and torched it. In 2010
it was reported that drug smugglers were buying old jets and
flying them across the Atlantic to feed Europe’s growing coke habit.
(AP, 12/3/09)(SFC, 11/16/10, p.A6)
2009 Nov 25, In Mali gunmen
kidnapped Pierre Camatte, a French national, in the remote east. The
kidnapping was attributed to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
Camatte was released on Feb 23, 2010.
(Reuters, 11/26/09)(AFP, 12/1/09)(SFC, 2/24/10,
2009 Nov 29, In Mauritania 3
Spanish volunteers were kidnapped by gunmen. Spain's interior
minister said the next day that he suspected al-Qaida-linked
Islamists were behind the attack. On Dec 2 a Mauritanian official
said the 3 aid workers were being taken by their captors to
neighboring Mali. Aid worker Alicia Gamez (35) was released on March
10, 2010. Businessmen Roque Pascual and Albert Vilalta remained
captive. Al-Qaida's offshoot in North Africa said on March 12 that
it had released Gamez because she voluntarily converted to Islam.
Pascual and Vilalta were released in August 2010.
(AP, 11/30/09)(AP, 12/2/09)(AP, 3/10/10)(AP,
2010 Feb 25, In Mali at least
15 people died in a stampede in a Timbuktu mosque during services
celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
2010 Apr 21, The Algerian
Defense Ministry said Algeria, Mauritania, Mali and Niger are
opening a joint military headquarters in the Algerian city
Tamanrasset, in a united effort to combat terrorism and kidnapping
in northwestern Africa. The Committee of Joint Chiefs (CEMOC) was
based in Tamanrasset.
(AP, 4/21/10)(AP, 12/20/11)
2010 Jul 9, Aid agency Oxfam
warned that the food crisis gripping the Sahel region of Africa was
reaching disastrous levels and called on governments and the
international community to act now. The crisis stretched across the
region taking in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and northern
2010 Jul 24, French-backed
Mauritanian military operations against al Qaeda fighters in the
Sahara desert wound up after four days of hunting Islamists deep
2010 Aug 23, Two Spanish aid
workers held by al Qaeda's North African wing were freed in Mali,
ending a kidnapping that lasted nearly nine months, the longest
period of captivity in the Sahara desert. Al Qaeda in the Islamic
Maghreb (AQIM) said it seized Albert Vilalta and Roque Pascual while
they were traveling through Mauritania with a relief aid convoy last
2010 Sep 17, The Mauritanian
army launched an offensive against the North African branch of
al-Qaida in neighboring Mali. At least 12 militants died and five
Mauritanians were killed in the operation, which was launched
inside northern Mali with permission.
2010 Sep 30, Algerian daily
Al-Watan said spy chiefs from four north African countries (Algeria,
Mauritania, Mali and Niger) have set up a center for joint
operations against Al Qaeda in the Sahel region during a meeting in
2011 Jan 5, In Mali an
assailant hurled an explosive at France's embassy in Bamako in an
attack that wounded two Malian security guards. The blast appeared
to be small, however, and caused only minor damage to an outer gate
of the building. A Malian later died of injuries sustained in the
attack. On Nov 29 Bachir Simoun (24) of Tunisia was sentenced to
death for the attack.
(AP, 1/6/11)(AP, 11/29/11)
2011 Feb 21, In Mali a stampede
at a football stadium in Bamako killed 35 people. Thousands had
gathered there for a blessing by a well-known Imam.
(SFC, 2/23/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 25, In Ivory Coast
about 1,000 people frantically crowded around buses rented by Mali
to evacuate its citizens, as the UN said up to 1 million have fled
their homes amid fears of civil war.
2011 Jun 24, In northeast Mali
a raid by the Mauritanian army on an Al-Qaeda base left 17 dead,
including two soldiers.
2011 Jun 26, Mauritanian
aircraft struck an Al-Qaeda base in northeast Mali. 9 suspected
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) fighters were arrested by the
2011 Jul 5, In Mauritania
al-Qaida militants attacked a military base in the town of Bassiknou
and then fled towards Mali. On July 7 the army said 6 militants were
killed with no casualties on the Mauritanian side. The militants
said that they had killed 20 soldiers in an ambush late last month
in the Wagadou region of Mali. Mauritanian officials said 15
militants and two soldiers were killed.
(AP, 7/6/11)(AP, 7/7/11)
2011 Jul 14, Malian security
services said they have arrested two men identified as supporters of
Al-Qaeda's north African branch in the northwestern Timbuktu region.
2011 Aug 26, Mali's most
radical Tuareg rebel chief Ibrahim Ag Bahanga, who never agreed to
disarm, died in an accident.
2011 Aug 28, Security sources
said hundreds of armed Tuaregs from Mali and Niger who fought for
toppled Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi have started to return to their
2011 Sep 12, A Mali government
source said that 4 people were killed in the desert between Mali and
Algeria in a clash between the rival gangs, who did not agree on how
to share the spoils from ferrying a ton of cocaine and hashish
through the desert.
2011 Oct 20, Mauritania's army
conducted an air raid to prevent a planned attack by al-Qaida-linked
insurgents in a forest just across the border in Mali, where the
group has a cell.
2011 Oct 23, In Algeria gunmen
kidnapped three aid workers, two Spaniards and an Italian, from the
Rabuni refugee camp near Tindouf, injuring one of the hostages and a
local guard in the late night attack. Security sources in Nouakchott
and Bamako later said those responsible belonged to a Sahrawi wing
of the north African Al-Qaeda branch, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb
(AQIM). The group later demanded 30 million euros ($39 million) to
free the 3 aid workers held in northern Mali. Spaniards Enric
Gonyalons and Ainhoa Fernandez del Rincon and Italian Rossella Urru
were released on July 18, 2012, in exchange for three Islamists. The
Islamist rebel group that freed them claimed that they also received
a ransom of €15 million ($18.4 million).
(AP, 10/23/11)(AFP, 12/5/11)(AFP, 3/3/12)(AP,
2011 Oct 26, Abdullah
al-Senoussi, Moammar Gadhafi's former intelligence chief, entered
Mali late at night, after making his way across Niger where he has
been hiding for several days in the country's northern desert.
Gadhafi's hunted son, Seif al-Islam, was also reported on his way to
Mali, traveling across the invisible line separating Algeria from
2011 Oct, In Mali Tuareg rebels
met at a remote oasis near the Algerian border with deserters from
the Malian army to found the National Movement for the Liberation of
(Econ, 3/17/12, p.60)
2011 Nov 12, Nigeria evacuated
from Mali 104 of its citizens, mostly women, either made to work as
"sexual slaves" or suspected of involvement in human trafficking.
2011 Nov 18, The European
Commission said an extra 10 million euros ($13.5 million) in
humanitarian funding will go on addressing "major shortfalls" in
food in the Sahel region. The crisis is affecting 7 million people
in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria.
2011 Nov 21, In Mali army
chiefs from Algeria, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, met in Bamako amid
mounting concerns over the fallout from Libya's conflict on security
in the troubled zone.
2011 Nov 24, In Mali a gang
kidnapped two French geologists at gunpoint from their hotel in the
eastern desert village of Hombori. The body of geologist Philippe
Verdon was found and identified in July, 2013. Serge Lazarevic was
freed on Dec 9, 2014.
(AFP, 11/24/11)(Reuters, 7/14/13)(SFC, 12/10/14,
2011 Nov 30, In Mali hundreds
of people took to the streets of Bamako to demand that a referendum
on proposed changes to the constitution be shelved. The changes,
first announced in December 2009, include the creation of a Senate
as a second house of parliament and will give the president the
power to "define the nation's policy" as opposed to the prime
2011 Nov, In Mali Johan
Gustafsson of Sweden was abducted in Timbuktu along with South
African national Stephen McGowan and Dutchman Sjaak Rijke. French
special forces freed Rijke in April 2015. Gustafsson was freed in
2011 Dec 6, Human Rights Watch
said in a report that between 20,000 and 40,000 children work in
artisanal gold mines in Mali, Africa's third-largest producer of the
2011 Dec 8, The UN's World Food
Program said meager rains and diminished harvests have left between
five and seven million people in Africa's Sahel region facing food
shortages. The countries of Niger, Mauritania, Mali and Chad were
2011 Dec 8, In Mali 4 people
were arrested over the Nov 24 kidnapping of two French citizens. The
suspects were reportedly "subcontracted" to an al-Qaida group and
appear to be Malian.
(AP, 12/12/11)(AFP, 12/12/11)
2011 Dec 20, Algerian troops
were reported to have crossed into Mali to help government forces
combat groups affiliated to Al-Qaeda.
2012 Jan 3, Mali's government
announced a plan to distribute 40,000 tons of food in emergency aid
to drought victims and those lacking food security.
2012 Jan 12, Malian President
Amadou Toumani Toure ended a 2-day visit to India. At the end of the
visit a joint statement announced that India extended a $100-million
loan to Mali for a power project, while Bamako promised to support
the Asian giant's bid for a permanent UN Security Council seat.
2012 Jan 17, In eastern Mali a
new Tuareg rebel group, the National Movement for the Liberation of
Azawad (MNLA), launched its first attack. Rebel members under Col.
Mahamed Ag Najim included former pro-Gadhafi fighters. Government
forces in Menaka counter-attacked and used helicopters to bomb rebel
(AP, 1/17/12)(Econ, 3/17/12, p.60)
2012 Jan 18, In Mali a new
Tuareg rebel group, the National Movement for the Liberation of the
Azawad, launched a second day of attacks on two more towns in the
arid north. 47 people were killed in the clashes.
(AP, 1/18/12)(AP, 1/20/12)
2012 Jan 20, Mali’s military
said its army has taken control of three northern towns which were
attacked by Tuareg rebels, leading to two days of fierce clashes.
2012 Jan 24, In Mali some 82
soldiers and civilians were summarily executed during a Tuareg
offensive in the town of Aguelhok.
2012 Jan 24, In Mauritania
representatives from Sahel states (Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Algeria)
and Nigeria vowed to help each other fight terrorism from Al-Qaeda
in the Islamic Maghreb and Islamist sect Boko Haram, which are said
to have ties.
2012 Jan 26, In Mali Tuareg
rebel fighters (NMLA) attacked a town in the far east of the
country, the fourth town targeted since fighting began just over a
2012 Jan 31, In Mali Tuareg
separatist rebels extended their reach, attacking a sixth town,
Niafunke, in the country's remote north.
2012 Feb 2, In Mali protestors
surrounded the palace of the president, angry about the government's
handling of attacks by Tuareg rebels in the country's north.
2012 Feb 4, The Mali army said
it had killed some 20 Tuareg rebels over the last 2 days in the
northern city of Timbuktu and taken a dozen prisoners.
2012 Feb 5, Aid officials in
Mali said more than 15,000 people including military personnel have
fled into neighboring countries since members of the nomadic Tuareg
ethnic group launched a new rebellion against the Malian government
last month. The ICRC said 10,000 people have crossed into Niger and
5,000 into Mauritania.
2012 Feb 6, A Burkina Faso
security official said more than 1,500 Malians, fleeing a Tuareg
rebellion in the north and reprisal attacks in Bamako, have found
refuge in Burkina Faso.
2012 Feb 8, In Mali Tuareg
rebels said they had seized control of Tinzawaten, a northeastern
region, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged an end to the fighting amid
growing global concern over the unrest.
2012 Feb 13, The Malian army
said that soldiers and civilians had been summarily executed during
a Tuareg offensive in the town of Aguelhok. France condemned the
extra-judicial killings of some 82 people in the town on January 24,
which the Malian army confirmed. A nomadic community of some 1.5
million people, Tuareg of various tribes are scattered between
Algeria, Burkina Faso, Libya, Niger and Mali.
2012 Feb 15, United Nations and
EU aid chiefs called for "urgent" assistance for West Africa's
drought-hit Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania,
Niger), saying it needed $725 million (552 million euros) this year.
2012 Feb 16, Mali said its army
is going on the offensive against Tuareg rebels after a number of
strategic retreats during the first weeks of fighting. A
government-backed plan was presented, drawn up by political parties,
that involves them trying to bring rebels to the negotiating table.
2012 Feb 16, The mediation and
security council of the West African regional group ECOWAS approved
humanitarian aid of three million dollars for victims of the food
crisis and rebel attacks in the Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Chad,
Mali, Mauritania, Niger).
2012 Feb 22, In Mali a girl was
killed and several others wounded when the government’s army bombed
a refugee camp in the country's north, an area gripped by a Tuareg
2012 Feb 24, The UN said
clashes between the army and Tuareg rebels in northern Mali have
forced 126,400 people to flee their homes since mid-January and
called for $35.6 million (26.5 million euros) to cover the needs of
those displaced by the escalating conflict.
2012 Feb 29, Malian soldiers
battled Tuareg rebels in violent clashes in the country's north-west
around the town of Tessalit.
2012 Mar 11, In Mali Tuareg
rebels seized control of the Tessalit military base while the army
said they had only made a strategic retreat.
2012 Mar 20, In northern Mali
an Islamist group led by a Tuareg rebel fighting for autonomy
claimed control of the country's vast northeast, while also vowing
to free dozens of prisoners.
2012 Mar 20, ECOWAS, a
15-member West African bloc, said it has called on rebels in
northern Mali to lay down their arms and said it would "take all
necessary measures" to support the country's government.
2012 Mar 22, In Mali rebel
soldiers calling themselves the National Committee for the
Establishment of Democracy seized control of the capital overnight
because of the government's "inability" to tackle terrorism and put
down a Tuareg-led insurrection in the north. The coup sparked wide
international condemnation and calls for reinstatement of the
elected government of President Amadou Tomani Toure. Captain Amadou
Sanogo declared a national curfew as the rebels announced all
borders had been closed until further notice. The World Bank and the
African Development Bank said they were suspending development aid
(AFP, 3/22/12)(AFP, 3/23/12)
2012 Mar 23, Mali's Tuareg
rebels vowed to press on with a campaign to seize the north as coup
leaders faced a global backlash with Europe suspending aid and
African security chiefs calling an emergency meeting. The AU
suspended Mali until the return of a constitutional order and sent a
joint delegation with the West African regional bloc ECOWAS.
2012 Mar 25, Malian soldiers
repelled a fresh attack by Tuareg rebels in the north following a
coup as the junta struggled to restore order after ousting the west
African nation's president. Mali's foreign minister and 13 others
being detained by the junta that took over Mali started a hunger
(AFP, 3/25/12)(AP, 3/25/12)
2012 Mar 26, Malians marched in
Bamako to protest against the junta while Tuareg rebels threatened
to capture a key northern city, piling political and military
pressure on the coup leaders.
2012 Mar 27, In Mali the
military junta lifted a curfew imposed after its coup 5 days
earlier. Coup leaders presented a new constitution consisting of 69
articles. The first part appeared to be lifted from the country's
current constitution, including the guarantees of free speech,
liberty of movement and freedom of thought. The middle and final
sections set out the role of the military committee now controlling
the country, which calls itself the National Committee for the
Reestablishment of Democracy and the Restoration of the State.
ECOWAS in an emergency meeting again demanded the immediate
restoration of constitutional order in Bamako.
(AFP, 3/27/12)(AFP, 3/28/12)
2012 Mar 28, In Mali thousands
marched in support of the coup leaders, who sought to quell fears
they plan to cling to power by promising democracy and ruling out
taking part in elections.
2012 Mar 29, A bid by ECOWAS to
seek a return to democratic rule in Mali fell apart when the team
turned back mid-air after a pro-coup demonstration in Bamako
2012 Mar 30, In Mali Tuareg
separatist rebels and an allied armed Islamist group entered the
strategic town of Kidal, 1,000 km (620 miles) from the capital.
Embattled coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo asked for help to halt
advancing Tuareg rebels and Islamist fighters. Panic spread
following the threat of financial sanctions by the Economic
Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
(AFP, 3/30/12)(AP, 3/30/12)
2012 Mar 31, In Mali Tuareg
rebels attacked the strategic northern city of Gao, a day after they
took the provincial capital of Kidal. Junta head Captain Amadou
Sanogo ordered the army "not to prolong the fighting" in Gao, a move
that left the main northern town open to the rampant rebels.
(AP, 3/31/12)(AFP, 3/31/12)
2012 Apr 1, In Mali Tuaregs
attacked Timbuktu in their fight to create a homeland for the
Sahara's blue-turbaned nomads. Capt. Sanogo, who overthrew the
democratically elected leader earlier this month and dissolved the
nation's constitution, made a public U-turn, declaring amid enormous
international pressure that he was reinstating the 1992 constitution
and planning to hold elections.
2012 Apr 2, In Mali the junta
was slapped with crippling sanctions from its neighbors demanding a
return to constitutional rule. (ECOWAS) slapped Mali with a total
emargo and cut off the putschists from the regional central bank,
affecting their ability to pay public wages.
2012 Apr 3, In northern Mali
radical Islamists tightened their grip, ordering women to wear veils
in Timbuktu, as the nation's junta began to feel the bite of
sanctions following its coup. Three of the four leaders of
Al-Qaeda's north Africa branch, known as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic
Maghreb (AQIM), were in Timbuktu. Tuareg rebels were seen near the
central town of Mopti.
2012 Apr 5, In Mali the
National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, a rebel group
that recently seized control of the remote north, announced a
cease-fire saying they had reached their military goal. Ansar Dine
kidnapped seven Algerian diplomats in Gao. The Movement for Oneness
and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) later demanded 15 million euros for
the diplomats and 30 million for 3 aid workers kidnapped last Oct
23. On Sep 2 MUJAO said Tahar Touati, one of the diplomats, has been
(AP, 4/5/12)(AFP, 4/5/12)(AFP, 5/2/12)(AFP,
2012 Apr 6, Mali's Tuareg
rebels declared independence in the north, a move shot down by
Islamist insurgents and the international community. The Islamist
group, Ansar Dine under Iyad ag Ghali, moved in alongside the MNLA
but has given short shrift to their independence plans. The military
junta agreed to give up power under a deal with West African bloc
ECOWAS in return for amnesty and a lifting of sanctions. The new
interim president would be Dioncounda Traore, the parliament
(AFP, 4/6/12)(AFP, 4/7/12)(Econ, 11/10/12, p.52)
2012 Apr 8, Mali’s Pres. Amadou
Toumani Toure resigned. Under a deal mediated by ECOWAS the junta is
now supposed to hand power to a civilian government led by speaker
of parliament Dioncounda Traore.
2012 Apr 10, UN children's aid
organization UNICEF led a cross-agency appeal for funds for the
Sahel region (parts of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and
Niger) where 15 million are suffering from malnutrition.
2012 Apr 12, Mali's new interim
leader, Dioncounda Traore (70), threatened to wage total war on
Tuareg rebels and Islamists controlling the north of the country as
he took the oath of office, ending a brief period of military rule.
2012 Apr 14, Burkina Faso Pres.
Blaise Compaore opened talks as mediator with the military junta
that briefly seized power in Mali last month and Malian politicians
trying to navigate a way out of the crisis.
2012 Apr 15, In northern Mali
armed men abducted a Swiss woman working as a missionary in
(SFC, 4/16/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 17, In Mali
astrophysicist-turned-politician Cheick Modibo Diarra was named
interim prime minister. Armed men rounded up top Malian officials
including two presidential hopefuls in a show of force by a junta
that seized power last month. Police chief Mahamadou Diagouraga,
former defense minister Sadio Gassama and Hamidou Sissoko, a top
aide to ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure, were among the others
(AFP, 4/17/12)(AFP, 4/18/12)
2012 Apr 19, Mali's police
announced a wave of arrests overnight after officers seized
container loads of weapons, as the country's new prime minister
considered who should form his transitional government. The junta
announced late today that it had released 22 people whose arrests
earlier this week had prompted international criticism.
(AFP, 4/19/12)(AP, 4/20/12)
2012 Apr 20, Senegalese state
media reported that Mali's Pres. Amadou Toumani Toure and family has
sought refuge in neighboring Senegal nearly one month after the
democratically elected leader was overthrown in a coup that has
sparked political and humanitarian crises.
2012 Apr 23, Aid agencies said
they are facing a multi-million dollar funding shortage to deal with
a food crisis in the Sahel where people are resorting to
increasingly desperate measures to survive. The crisis has so far
affected Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
2012 Apr 24, In northern Mali
special forces from Burkina Faso swept into rebel-held territory
aboard a helicopter and whisked Swiss hostage Beatrice Stockly to
safety in a pre-arranged handover by Islamist Ansar Dine rebels.
2012 Apr 25, Mali's interim PM
Cheick Modibo Diarra (60) formed a 24-member government, including
three military representatives seen as close to the outgoing
2012 Apr 26, Mali's fabled
desert city of Timbuktu fell under the control of a new armed group
made up of Arabs who claim to be neither rebels nor Islamists.
Entries in the north and west remained under the control of the
Islamist group Ansar Dine and Tuareg group the National Movement for
the Liberation of Azawad.
2012 Apr 26, In Ivory Coast the
15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) decided
to send troops to coup-hit Mali and Guinea-Bissau to support their
return to civilian rule and demanded coup leaders "return to
barracks" in both countries. They also said Guinea-Bissau and Mali
must prepare for legislative and presidential elections within a
2012 Apr 27, The UN food agency
appealed to oil- and mineral-rich nations to set up a fund to combat
the food crisis gripping the Sahel desert region (Chad, Mali,
Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger) and other parts of Africa. The
group said it needed $110 million (83 million euros) to combat the
crisis in the short term.
2012 Apr 30, In Mali anti-junta
forces tried to take over the country's state broadcaster and
attacked the airport and the junta's main military base. Coup leader
Capt. Amadou Sanogo told a private radio station that the
countercoup had failed and that his soldiers have captured foreign
fighters. Human Rights Watch said Tuareg rebels, militias and
Islamist groups are committing war crimes in Mali's lawless north,
including summary executions and rapes. HRW also said that
government troops in the north were also flouting rights.
(AFP, 4/30/12)(AP, 5/1/12)
2012 May 1, In Mali troops
loyal to the junta overran the main camp of the soldiers who tried
to oust them in a counter-coup. At least 12 people were killed.
(SFC, 5/2/12, p.A2)
2012 May 4, In Timbuktu, Mali,
the tomb of Sidi Mahmoud Ben Amar (d.1458), classified as a World
Heritage site, was attacked by an Islamist group.
2012 May 12, Ivory Coast and
Burkina Faso envoys of ECOWAS quit Mali after failing to reach
agreement with coup leaders on naming the head of a transitional
government. The ex-junta now hoped that coup leader Amadou Haya
Sanago take over as interim leader.
2012 May 14, In northern Mali
hundreds of residents of Gao took to the streets to protest against
the Tuareg rebels, Islamists and an Al-Qaeda group that took control
of the city after a March coup.
2012 May 18, The parliament in
Mali passed a law granting amnesty to the leaders of the March coup.
2012 May 19, In Mali coup
leaders said they respect a decision by the West African bloc ECOWAS
that interim president Dioncounda Traore must head the transition
until general elections.
2012 May 20, Malian authorities
and ECOWAS mediators agreed that coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo
has the status of former head of state. He will have all the
benefits coming with his rank. They also agreed on a transition
period to full democratic rule of one year.
2012 May 21, Mali’s interim
President Dioncounda Traore suffered a head wound after an attack by
protesters and was taken to a hospital. Traore was released from the
hospital a few hours later.
2012 May 22, The pro-coup
Committee of Malian Patriotic Organisations (COPAM) said it had
decided at a meeting "to institute Captain Amadou Sanogo as
president of the transition" in the west African nation.
2012 May 22, On the border
between Burkina Faso and Mali clashes broke out between the Peul
herders and Dogon farmers. At least 30 people were killed in the
clashes over land rights.
(SFC, 5/25/12, p.A2)
2012 May 26, Mali's Tuareg and
Islamist rebels moved to merge and declare a new state (Azawad) in
the north leaving the country closer to breakup, two months after a
fateful coup in the south.
2012 May 27, Mali security
sources said AQIM, an Al-Qaeda offshoot, earlier this week seized a
key arms depot in Gao, deepening the crisis facing the country after
rebels declared an independent Islamic state in the north.
2012 May 28, Mali’s government
said some 50 people have been arrested in the investigation into the
attack on interim president Dioncounda Traore by protesters angry
over the transition deal. ECOWAS rejected the northern Mali rebel
declaration of independence and repeated an earlier threat to take
"all necessary measures" to keep Mali intact.
(AFP, 5/28/12)(AFP, 5/29/12)
2012 May 29, Northern Mali
Tuareg rebels and hardline Islamist group Ansar Dine said plans to
join forces and proclaim an Islamic state have collapsed due to
2012 May 31, The Geneva-based
office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says it now needs
$153.7 million for its operations this year, quadrupling its aid
appeal for Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
2012 Jun 4, A north Malian Arab
militia broke away from a meeting of fellow Arabs in Mauritania,
declaring they would fight for the independence of Mali's troubled
north. Arabs were meeting in Nouakchott to discuss ways to solve a
crisis in Mali's north.
2012 Jun 7, In Mali residents
of Timbuktu said they have launched an armed group to kick out the
Islamists currently controlling the ancient city. The UN, AU and
ECOWAS officials called for the immediate dissolution of the former
junta which came to power following the coup by low-ranking
2012 Jun 8, Mali's Tuareg
rebels clashed overnight with their former Islamist allies, after
the two groups fell out over forming a breakaway state in the
northern desert region they control.
2012 Jun 18, Mali's Ansar Dine
Islamist group, which took over the country's north with Tuareg
rebels, agreed to enter a negotiation process brokered by Burkina
2012 Jun 20, In Mali Islamists
occupying the north gave a couple in Timbuktu 100 lashes of a whip
for having a child out of wedlock as they continue enforcing sharia
2012 Jun 26, In Mali violent
protests took place by residents of Gao angry over the death of
municipal councilor Idrissa Oumarou, who was shot a day earlier. He
belonged to the party of Mali's transitional president Dioncounda
Traore. Armed men fired on the crowd, leaving at least one dead and
a dozen injured.
2012 Jun 27, In Mali Islamists
claimed control of the key town of Gao in the occupied north after
fierce clashes with Tuareg rebels left at least 21 people dead.
2012 Jun 28, In Mali Islamists
of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO)
patrolled the streets of Gao and arrested civilians after dislodging
Tuareg rebels from their positions in a day of bloody combat between
the armed groups.
2012 Jun 29, In Algeria a dawn
attack against the regional headquarters of the paramilitary police
in the center of the town of Ouargla killed one person and left
three wounded. A Mali-based Islamist group, the Movement for Oneness
and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), claimed responsibility for the
2012 Jun 30, Hardline Islamists
occupying northern Mali went on the rampage in Timbuktu, destroying
ancient tombs of Muslim saints and threatening to wipe out every
religious shrine in the fabled city. The onslaught by the
fundamentalist Ansar Dine group was launched just two days after
UNESCO named the city an endangered world heritage site.
2012 Jul 1, Mali appealed to
the UN to take action after extremists ravaged shrines in Timbuktu.
Islamist rebels took hoes and chisels to the tombs of ancient Muslim
saints in Timbuktu for a second day, ignoring international pleas to
halt their campaign of destruction.
2012 Jul 2, Mali's Islamist
rebels smashed the entrance of a 15th century Timbuktu mosque,
escalating a campaign of destruction of the city's cultural
treasures despite threats of prosecution for war crimes.
2012 Jul 4, A body representing
nations in western Africa sent notice that it does not recognize
Mali’s Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo’s status as a former head of state,
and threatened sanctions against him if he continues to obstruct the
return to constitutional rule.
2012 Jul 4, The International
Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda said Theoneste Bagosora, the most
high-profile detainee at the UN court for Rwanda, has been sent to
Mali to serve his sentence along with three other prisoners. Seven
other genocide suspects convicted by the court have been sent to
2012 Jul 5, The UN Security
Council passed a resolution calling for sanctions against Al-Qaeda
fighters in Mali but again held back giving a UN mandate to a
proposed African force in the conflict-stricken country.
2012 Jul 6, The United Nations
Children’s Fund said that armed groups occupying northern Mali were
recruiting children, while others had been raped and killed by
2012 Jul 7, In Burkina Faso
West African presidents (ECOWAS) met with civil leaders from Mali in
a bid to secure a national unity government to tackle a crisis in
the north where Islamists have enforced Sharia law.
2012 Jul 10, The Islamists
controlling northern Mali destroyed two tombs at the ancient
Djingareyber mud mosque in Timbuktu, an endangered World Heritage
2012 Jul 11, Mali’s government
said the military has arrested Col. Abidine Guindo, who directed a
parachutist regime, also known as the Red Berets, that attempted to
stage a countercoup in April. Members of Timbuktu's Arab community
said they have set up an armed brigade to prevent further
destruction of the tombs of ancient Muslim saints by Islamists
occupying northern Mali.
(AP, 7/12/12)(AFP, 7/11/12)
2012 Jul 12, An Islamist rebel
group in northern Mali said it had freed three of seven Algerian
diplomats kidnapped in Gao on April 5.
2012 Jul 12, In Mali gunmen
abducted Saouti Haidara, the director of a private newspaper, from
his office in Bamako and beat him "to a pulp" before releasing him.
2012 Jul 13, In northern Mali a
protest erupted after a young Islamist militant whipped a woman
carrying a baby for not wearing what he considered to be an adequate
veil. The baby fell and was injured. Angry citizens then marched
toward the radicals' base in Goundam town and vandalized the
2012 Jul 14, In northern
Mali members of the radical Islamic sect Ansar Dine were going
from door to door in Goundam town in a bid to arrest the leaders of
a protest against them.
2012 Jul 15, In northern Mali
some 400 combatants of the government-backed Gandakoy militia were
reported to have broken ranks and joined the Islamists, bolstering
the radicals' edge over ethnic Tuareg rebels in the area.
2012 Jul 16, In Mali a Timbuktu
man accused of drinking alcohol was given 40 lashes by members of
the Ansar Dine Islamist group.
2012 Jul 17, Mali's interim PM
Cheick Modibo Diarra presented a roadmap for rescuing his country
from a post-coup crisis to the region's lead mediator. It laid out a
one-year plan for a return to constitutional rule, and the formation
of a unity government to oversee the transition.
2012 Jul 17, Malian journalists
went on strike for a day of "dead press," and marched in Bamako to
protest recent attacks against journalists by armed men believed to
be linked to the former junta.
2012 Jul 17, The UN food agency
warned the unrest in northern Mali means that efforts to contain the
threat of desert locusts are being hampered and appealed for $10
million (8.1 million euros) in aid. It said control operations
cannot be carried out because of political conflict and that 30
trucks and other equipment had been looted.
2012 Jul 21, Six Malian
self-defense groups said they have joined forces to oust Islamist
militants who have seized control of the country's northern half for
almost four months.
2012 Jul 23, The European Union
said it was ready to back the deployment of an African stabilization
force under UN mandate in Mali, and threatened sanctions against
those posing a threat to democratic change.
2012 Jul 24, A grouping of
Mali's main political parties (FDR) formed after a March coup,
demanded the resignation of the interim PM Cheick Modibo Diarra,
whom they accused of "incompetence and amateurishness." The grouping
unites some 40 political parties and about 100 civil society
2012 Jul 29, Mali's interim
president Dioncounda Traore sidelined his controversial PM Cheick
Modibo Diarra by announcing the creation of new bodies tasked with
ending the crisis. A couple who had an adulterous relationship was
stoned to death in the town of Aguelhok.
(AFP, 7/29/12)(AP, 7/29/12)
2012 Aug 1, West African bloc
ECOWAS pledged support for Mali's interim Pres. Dioncounda Traore,
after mediators extended a deadline for the country to form a unity
2012 Aug 5, In Mali radio
presenter Abdoul Malick Maiga was badly beaten by Islamists
occupying the northern town of Gao after he reported on a protest in
which they were stopped from cutting off a thief's hand.
2012 Aug 8, In northern Mali a
man's hand was chopped off as punishment for the theft of a
motorbike in the village of Ansongo.
2012 Aug 12, In Mali up to
60,000 people gathered for a giant peace rally in Bamako. The
country was split in two after Islamists wrested control of the vast
desert north following a March coup in the capital Bamako.
2012 Aug 20, Mali's interim
leaders announced a new government late today, months after a
military coup unleashed political chaos.
2012 Aug 25, In Mali Mahamadou
Diouara, the leader of a Malian youth militia against the Islamic
occupation of the country's north, was "kidnapped" in Bamako.
2012 Aug 31, In northern Mali a
man accused of rape in received 100 lashes, as the Islamists
controlling the city continue to mete out punishments under Shariah
law. He was identified as a Burkina Faso citizen named Boubacar
2012 Sep 1, In Mali Islamist
extremist rebels seized control of Douentza, 190 km (120 miles)
north of Mopti, a central town held by the Mali army.
2012 Sep 4, Guinea’s minister
in charge of national defense said that an arms shipment was
intercepted around a month ago at the port of Conakry. Abdoul Kabele
Camara said the arms appear to have been ordered by Mali's
ex-President Amadou Toumani Toure, known by his initials "ATT," who
was ousted in a coup in March. Representatives from the West African
regional bloc ECOWAS were meeting with the government of Guinea in
order to decide what to do with a container of arms.
2012 Sep 7, It was reported
that Mali’s interim president Dioncounda Traore has requested five
battalions and air support from neighboring countries to try to take
back the country's north from Islamist rebels linked to al-Qaida.
The request was made without the consent of the soldiers who led
Mali's recent coup.
2012 Sep 9, In Mali 16
preachers from a moderate Muslim sect were killed at a checkpoint in
the central town of Diabaly after reportedly being mistaken for
Islamic extremists. The preachers, many of whom were Mauritanian,
were traveling by road to Bamako to attend a religious conference.
2012 Sep 9, In Mali Nabil
Makhloufi, leader of al-Qaida's North African branch (AQIM) known by
his alias Nabil Alqama, was killed in the accident near the city of
2012 Sep 10, In northern Mali 5
young men had a hand and foot amputated by Islamists imposing Sharia
law against highway robbery.
2012 Oct 12, The UN Security
Council unanimously approved a plan to back an African-led military
force to help the Malian army oust Islamic militants who have seized
the northern half of the country.
(SFC, 10/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 15, In Mali a teenaged
girl, about 15 years old, received 60 lashes in Timbuktu after
Islamist extremists convicted her of speaking to men on the street.
2012 Oct 21, Mali's government
troops killed about 10 men near the town of Diabaly and soldiers
reportedly recovered two shotguns along with ammunition. A relative
later said the men were Tuareg animal herders — not criminals. He
believed the deaths stemmed from a decade-long rivalry between two
families in the area, one of which had ties to a soldier in the
2012 Oct 22, A French defense
official said that France plans to move two surveillance drones to
western Africa from Afghanistan by year-end, though he did not
provide details. France is also reported to have special forces in
the region around Mali, and to have contracted out surveillance of
Mali to a private company.
2012 Oct 24, The African Union
pledged to mobilize an African military force to battle
al-Qaida-affiliated groups controlling northern Mali. Ministers
meeting at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia agreed to write a final
operational plan for the African-led force by the end of the month.
2012 Nov 3, In Burkina Faso
representatives of an al-Qaida-linked group that controls northern
Mali arrived for talks with President Blaise Compaore, who is trying
to mediate a solution to the conflict in the west African nation. A
second delegation traveled to Algeria for talks with regional
2012 Nov 11, West African
nations (ECOWAS) agreed to send some 3,000 troops to help Mali wrest
back control of its northern half, which was seized by
al-Qaida-linked fighters more than six months ago.
2012 Nov 19, In northern Mali
fighting resumed between Islamist extremists and Tuareg secular
2012 Nov 20, In northern Mali
Islamist extremist rebels pushed secular Tuareg fighters from their
last base in Menaka. More than 100 fighters were reported killed.
2012 Nov 29, In northern Mali
Islamist extremists controlling the city of Timbuktu publicly
whipped 6 young people, males and females aged between 16 to 22
years, who each received 100 lashes for having talked with each
other on the city streets.
2012 Dec 4, Tuareg rebels of
northern Mali agreed to stop pursuing a separate state during talks
with Mali’s government in Burkina Faso.
(SFC, 12/5/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 10, In Mali soldiers
arrested PM Cheikh Modibo Diarra and ordered him to resign, showing
that the military is still the real power. Longtime civil servant
Django Cissoko was chosen as the new prime minister in the
transitional government, first set up after the military coup in
(AP, 12/11/12)(AP, 12/12/12)(Econ, 12/15/12,
2012 Dec 10, EU foreign
ministers approved the concept of an EU training mission for an
attempt by Malian and other African troops to deprive the Islamists
of a haven and training sites in north Mali.
2012 Dec 20, The UN Security
Council authorized military action to wrest northern Mali from the
control of al-Qaida extremists, but demanded progress first on
political reconciliation, elections and training African troops and
(SFC, 12/21/12, p.A8)
2012 Dec 21, The
al-Qaida-linked group that controls much of northern Mali and other
rebels agreed to cease hostilities in the areas they control, a day
after the United Nations backed a regional plan to oust the
Islamists from power in a military intervention next year.
2012 Dec 23, In Mali Islamist
extremists destroyed four mausoleums in Timbuktu. Residents said the
destruction of the graves is the rebels' reaction to the recent UN
resolution calling for an international military intervention.
2013 Jan 9, The Mali army
attacked Islamist rebels with heavy weapons in the center of the
country which divides the insurgent-held north and the
2013 Jan 10, Islamists, who
rule northern Mali, clashed with government forces for the first
time in nearly a year, seizing the strategic city of Konna as the
al-Qaida-linked militants pushed toward the government line of
control in the center of the troubled country.
2013 Jan 11, In Mali radical
Islamists held on to the central city of Konna after sending the
Malian military reeling in retreat. French President Francois
Hollande ordered air strikes to stop the Islamist extremists. This
was the start of Operation Serval. French airstrikes began over
Konna leaving civilian casualties.
(AP, 1/11/13)(AP, 1/26/13)(Econ, 1/19/13, p.53)
2013 Jan 12, In Mali French
airstrikes overnight drove back Islamist rebels from Konna and
destroyed a militant command center, as West African nations
authorized the immediate deployment of troops to the country. At
least 11 civilians were killed in Konna. A French pilot was killed
after the Islamists downed his combat helicopter.
(AP, 1/12/13)(AP, 1/13/13)
2013 Jan 14, In Mali despite
intensive aerial bombardments by French warplanes, Islamist
insurgents grabbed more territory and got much closer to the
2013 Jan 15, French forces led
an all-night aerial bombing campaign to wrest control of Diabaly, a
small Malian town, from armed Islamist extremists, as more French
troops arrived in preparation for a possible land assault. France
announced it tripling the number of troops deployed to Mali from 800
(AP, 1/15/13)(AP, 1/16/13)
2013 Jan 16, French troops
pressed northward in Mali toward territory occupied by radical
Islamists. The start of the land assault put soldiers in direct
2013 Jan 17, In Mali fighting
raged in Konna, airstrikes hit Diably and army troops raced to
protect Banamba, on the seventh day of the French-led military
intervention to wrest back Mali's north from al Qaida-linked groups.
2013 Jan 17, EU foreign
ministers approved sending a military training mission to Mali, to
shore up the Malian army and enable the country's government to
regain control of all its territory.
2013 Jan 19, The Malian
military announced that the government was now controlling Diabaly.
2013 Jan 20, In Mali French
forces extended their deployment northward up from the central town
of Markala, reinforcing their presence in the towns of Niono and
Mopti. Some 400 troops from Nigeria, Togo and Benin arrived in
Bamako to help train an African force for Mali.
(AP, 1/20/13)(AP, 1/21/13)
2013 Jan 21, Malian and French
troops took control of the town of Diabaly, patrolling the streets
in armored personnel carriers. American planes began transporting
French troops and equipment to Mali. French and Malian troops
arrived in Douentza to find that the Islamists already had retreated
from the town.
(AP, 1/21/13)(AP, 1/22/13)
2013 Jan 23, A France-based
human rights group charged that Malian forces had committed about 33
killings since new fighting erupted Jan 10.
2013 Jan 24, Mali's rebel
movement showed new signs of discord in the wake of punishing French
air strikes, with one wing of the Ansar Dine group now pledging to
negotiate an end to the country's crisis and possibly even fight
against its former comrades-in-arms. Islamic extremists based in the
town of Ansongo destroyed a bridge near the Niger border, marking
the first use of explosives by the insurgents since the start of the
French-led military intervention exactly two weeks ago.
(AP, 1/24/13)(AP, 1/25/13)
2013 Jan 25, Mali's military
and French forces pushed toward the Islamic extremist stronghold in
the city of Gao, in their farthest push east since launching an
operation two weeks ago to retake land controlled by the rebels.
2013 Jan 26, In Mali French
forces took control of the airport and a key bridge in the radical
Islamist stronghold of Gao under the cover of darkness early today,
marking a significant inroad into the heart of territory held by the
2013 Jan 27, African Union
leaders met in the Ethiopian capital for talks dominated by the
conflict in Mali as well as lingering territorial issues between the
two Sudans. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the two-day
summit in Addis Ababa, where Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn took
over from President Yayi Boni of Benin as chairperson of the African
2013 Jan 28, Malian ground
forces backed by French paratroopers and helicopters took control of
Timbuktu's airport and the roads leading to the town in an overnight
operation. Timbuktu’s mayor said Islamist extremists torched a
library containing historic manuscripts as they fled late last week.
The jihadists left a manual behind on how to use the SA-7
surface-to-air missile as well as other instructional material,
including a spiral-bound pamphlet showing how to use the KPV-14.5
anti-aircraft machine gun and another on how to make a bomb out of
(AP, 1/28/13)(AP, 6/11/13)
2013 Jan 29, The website of the
National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, the Tuaregs' name
for northern Mali, claimed control of the strategic city of Kidal
and seven other northern towns from Islamist extremists.
2013 Jan 29, African and
Western nations pledged more than $450 million to fund an
African-led military force to fight Islamist extremists in Mali.
2013 Jan 30, In Mali French
forces took control the airport in Kidal, seizing a key position in
the last remaining urban stronghold of Islamist extremists, whose
fighters escaped with their weapons into a desert region the size of
Texas. 4 Malian soldiers died and 5 others were wounded when their
vehicle hit a land mine in the town of Gossi.
(AP, 1/30/13)(AP, 1/31/13)
2013 Feb 1, In Mali 3 suspected
jihadists, arrested in the days since the liberation of the town of
Timbuktu. said that Malian soldiers were torturing them with a
method similar to waterboarding.
2013 Feb 2, In Mali
French President Francois Hollande, bathed in the cheers and
accolades of the thousands of people of Timbuktu, made a triumphant
stop six days after French forces parachuted into the city.
2013 Feb 2, In Mali secular
rebels from Mali's Tuareg group (NMLA) arrested Mohamed Moussa Ag
Mohamed of Ansar Dine and Oumeini Ould Baba Akhmed of the Movement
for Unity and Oneness of the Jihad, or MUJAO, near Mali's border
2013 Feb 3, In Mali French
troops launched overnight airstrikes on Islamic militant sites
around Kidal and Tessalit in Mali's far north.
2013 Feb 4, In northern Mali
French airstrikes targeted the fuel depots and desert hideouts of
Islamic extremists. French forces planned to hand control of
Timbuktu to the Malian army this week.
2013 Feb 5, In Mali troops from
France and Chad moved into Kidal in an effort to secure the
strategic northern city.
2013 Feb 6, France's defense
minister said French forces clashed with extremists firing rocket
launchers near the northern Malian city of Gao.
2013 Feb 7, In Mali French
troops began to withdraw from Timbuktu after securing the fabled
city as they ramped up their mission in Gao, searching for Islamic
extremists who may be mixing among the local population.
2013 Feb 8, In northern Mali
French forces wrested Tessalit from control of Islamic insurgents.
In Gao the conflict's first suicide bombing increased fears of
2013 Feb 9, In northern Mali a
suicide bomber wearing military fatigues blew himself up near a
checkpoint at the entrance to Gao, wounding one soldier in the
second attack to hit the same location in 36 hours.
2013 Feb 10, Malian soldiers
with rocket propelled grenades traded fire in Gao with combatants
believed to be from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West
Africa, or MUJAO. Islamic fighters invaded through Gao’s Niger River
harbor and fought a protracted downtown battle for hours.
(AP, 2/10/13)(AP, 2/11/13)
2013 Feb 11, French and Malian
government forces regained control of Gao.
2013 Feb 13, In Mali French
soldiers recovered some 800 kg of explosives that authorities
believe radical Islamic fighters were using to make bombs for
attacks on Gao.
2013 Feb 14, Mali's military
detained eight Arab men in Timbuktu, throwing them into a pickup
truck and covering it with a tarp in a sweep that has raised fears
of further reprisals against the region's Arab minority. Hundreds of
others have fled to the neighboring nations of Algeria and
Mauritania, where they are living in refugee camps. In December the
Associated press found the body of Kabbad, a 70-year-old grandfather
known as Vieux Ali, and five others buried in the desert.
(AP, 2/17/13)(AP, 12/9/13)
2013 Feb 17, Hundreds of French
and Malian soldiers retook the jihadist stronghold of Bourem, a town
where many radical Islamic fighters were believed to have fled.
2013 Feb 18, The European Union
officially launched a training mission with the goal of making the
disparaged Malian army good enough to patrol the whole country.
2013 Feb 19, In Mali a French
soldier was shot to death in a clash with jihadists in a mountainous
region of the far north. 20 extremists were reported killed on this
second day of the ongoing operation, code named Panthere, aimed at
locating jihadists and dismantling their sanctuaries.
2013 Feb 20, In Mali Islamic
extremists clashed with military in the northern city of Gao. A
French Tigre attack helicopter fired on a pickup truck containing
jihadist fighters during clashes in northern Mali, killing about 10
insurgents. The military pushed fighters out of Gao. 16 jihadists
were reported killed in the fighting in Gao.
(AP, 2/21/13)(AP, 2/22/13)
2013 Feb 21, In Kidal, Mali, a
town further north where control by French and Chad forces has been
tentative, a car explosion in a mechanics garage killed two,
including the driver and a security guard. Jihadist fighters fired
two rockets at military points in the city of Gao as a suicide
bomber attacked secular rebels near Algeria's border.
(AP, 2/21/13)(AP, 2/22/13)
2013 Feb 22, In northern Mali
Chadian army troops killed 65 Islamic extremist rebels and destroyed
five vehicles in fierce fighting. 13 Chadian soldiers were killed in
2013 Feb 26, In Mali a suicide
car bombing killed six government allies in the northern city of
Kidal. The French confirmed that they are engaged in heavy fighting
in northern Mali.
2013 Mar 1, Chadian President
Idriss Deby announced that government troops fighting to dislodge an
al-Qaida affiliate in northern Mali killed one of the group's
leading commanders, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid. On March 23 France
confirmed Zeid’s death and said he was killed in operations in the
Adrar des Ifoghas mountains in northern Mali in late February.
(AP, 3/1/13)(AP, 3/23/13)
2013 Mar 2, In Mali a French
soldier died in an assault on jihadists in the Adrar des Ifoghas
mountains along the Algerian border. About 15 jihadists were
reported killed in the fighting in the Ametettai Valley.
2013 Mar 6, In eastern Mali
French and Malian forces clashed with jihadists leaving a French
soldier and some 10 insurgents dead. Boukary Daou, the
editor-in-chief of Mali’s The Republican newspaper was arrested. His
arrest came soon after his newspaper published a letter from an army
officer denouncing coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo's
recently-decreed salary of $8,000 per month, a very high salary in
the impoverished country.
(SFC, 3/7/13, p.A2)(AP, 3/14/13)
2013 Mar 20, In Mali a suicide
car bomber killed a Malian soldier near Timbuktu's airport. A
vehicle containing two jihadists exploded as it attempted to
infiltrate the airport.
2013 Mar 23, In Mali Islamic
extremists infiltrated and attacked the northern city of Gao. Malian
forces engaged the fighters and they retreated.
2013 Mar 24, In Mali Islamic 9
people were left dead after extremists belonging to the Movement for
Oneness and Jihad in West Africa infiltrated Gao a day earlier. The
dead include 4 extremists, a soldier and 4 civilians.
2013 Mar 27, In northern Mali
the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, or NMLA,
announced that Mohamed Aly Ag Al Bessati would serve as the civil
administrator for Kidal.
2013 Apr 10, Mali authorities
arrested Baba Ould Cheick, the Mayor of Tarkint, on drug trafficking
charges three years after a plane full of cocaine landed near his
2013 Apr 12, In northern Mali a
suicide bombing by members of an al-Qaida branch in North Africa
killed at least three soldiers from Chad. Two suicide bombers were
killed in the operation, and many civilians were injured in the
2013 Apr 15, Chadian President
Idriss Deby said his country's troops are pulling out of Mali three
months after the French-led mission to oust al-Qaida-linked
2013 Apr 25, The Malian
military says it has expelled French journalist Dorothee Thienot
from Gao in northern Mali. She had documented civilian deaths blamed
on Malian soldiers.
2013 Apr 25, The UN Security
Council authorized the deployment of a 12,600 member peacekeeping
force to Mali.
(AP, 4/26/13)(Econ, 6/15/13, p.44)
2013 Apr 26, France's Defense
Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reaffirmed that his country will keep
1,000 of its troops in Mali to fight radical Islamic militants even
after the arrival later this year of more than 12,000 UN
2013 Apr 28, French troops in
Mali arrested overnight Gilles Le Guen, a French citizen who
converted to Islam. Le Guen had taken on the jihadist cause and
threatened his native country in a video last fall.
2013 Apr 30, Mali officials
confirmed that police in Bamako have dismantled a terrorist cell
belonging to the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, or
MUJAO. The 7-member cell was first discovered more than a month ago.
2013 May 7, Soldiers from Mali
and Burkina Faso pushed into the village of Ber, 50 km (30 miles)
northeast of Timbuktu. It had previously been occupied by fighters
from a Tuareg rebel group, the National Movement for the Liberation
of the Azawad (NMLA).
2013 May 10, In northern Mali 5
suicide bombers carried out two simultaneous attacks on soldiers in
Gossi and Menaka. All 5 attackers were killed.
(AP, 5/10/13)(SFC, 5/11/13, p.A2)
2013 May 11, In Mali a
suspected jihadist opened fire on a crowd at an aid distribution
point in the northern village of Ikadiwane, killing three
civilians. The suspect was shot and wounded and taken to Kidal.
2013 May 15, In Brussels a plan
to turn Mali into a stable democracy rather than a terrorist haven
drew massive support as various nations and international
organizations pledged 3.25 billion euros ($4.22 billion) to help
reconstruct the conflict-ridden West African nation.
2013 May 20, In Mauritania
Sanda Ould Boumana, the Timbuktu-based spokesman for Ansar Dine, was
transferred Nouakchott after he turned himself in over the weekend.
2013 Jun 4, In Mali a man
suspected of being an extremist ran for cover inside an abandoned
house in the northern city of Kidal, and detonated an explosive vest
inside the structure, killing only himself.
2013 Jun 5, The Malian military
attacked Tuareg rebels and succeeded in taking the village of
Anefis, marking the army's first victory and territorial gain
without the help of French forces ever since they were routed from
the country's north last year by the separatist fighters. At least
two people were killed in the clashes.
2013 Jun 12, A UN report added
3 Malian militias and Syria’s main rebel force to an annual “list of
shame." 55 armed groups from 14 countries were included. Syrian
government forces were added to a list of groups that sexually abuse
(SFC, 6/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 18, Mali, which lost
half its territory last year to rebels, signed an accord with Tuareg
separatists who still control the country's northernmost province.
The agreement was signed in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina
Faso, where the two sides have been holding talks.
2013 Jun 25, The UN Security
Council approved the July 1 deployment of a new Mali peacekeeping
force to help the government regain control of rebel-held areas and
(SFC, 6/26/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 6, Mali said it has
lifted a state of emergency ahead of the start of political
campaigning for a presidential election on July 28.
2013 Jul 19, Malian troops
deployed in the northern town of Kidal after attacks by
light-skinned Tuareg separatists on black residents killed at least
one, a week before elections meant to unify the fractured nation.
2013 Jul 20, Gunmen In Mali
kidnapped four election workers and a deputy mayor in the remote
northern town of Tessalit. All were free the next day.
2013 Jul 28, Malians turned out
in large numbers to vote in a presidential election.
2013 Aug 2, Mali’s government
said former PM Ibrahim Boubacar Keita came first in the July 28
presidential election but will face ex-finance minister Soumaila
Cisse in a run-off after he failed to secure an outright majority.
2013 Aug 3, Dramane Dembele,
the candidate of Mali's largest political party, broke ranks with
his own party and said he will back former prime minister Ibrahim
Boubacar Keita in a run-off. He had came third in the first round of
the country's presidential election.
2013 Aug 11, Malians voted in a
presidential runoff. Former PM Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (68) won the
election. Abdoulaye Ag Mohamed Ali, a Tuareg man, was killed in the
northern town of Lere where he had gone to vote.
(Reuters, 8/11/13)(AP, 8/13/13)
2013 Aug 12, In Mali Soumalia
Cisse, the opponent of former PM Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, conceded
defeat in an election aimed at restoring stability to a country
wracked by a rebellion, a coup and an Islamic insurgency.
2013 Aug 29, Mali's interim
government said it has removed General Amadou Sanogo, who led a coup
last year, as head of a military committee tasked with reforming the
West African country's armed forces.
2013 Aug 29, Mali officials
said at least 23 people have been killed in flash floods caused by
torrential rain in Bamako. The next day the death toll was raised to
(AFP, 8/29/13)(AFP, 8/30/13)
2013 Sep 5, Mali's new
president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita made leading economist Oumar Tatam
Ly his prime minister.
2013 Sep 11, In Mali at least
two soldiers were wounded as the army exchanged fire with "bandits",
killing 3 during security operations near the Mauritanian border.
2013 Sep 18, In northern Mali a
company of about 150 Chadian soldiers of the UN peacekeeping force
abandoned their posts in protest at the length of time they have
2013 Sep 28, In northern Mali 4
suicide bombers let off explosives in a car in front of a military
camp in Timbuktu, killing 2 civilians.
2013 Sep 30, Malian soldiers
and ethnic Tuareg separatist rebels clashed again in the northern
desert town of Kidal, a day after trading gunfire downtown in a
battle that has raised fears about whether an unraveling peace
accord could lead to protracted fighting in the region.
2013 Oct 2, Mali freed 23
prisoners arrested in clashes in the north, as part of a deal signed
between the government and rebels in June.
2013 Oct 5, In Mali Tuareg
separatists said they were rejoining the peace process in northern
Mali, just over a week after they pulled out and accused Bamako of
not respecting the terms of a truce signed in June.
2013 Oct 7, In northern Mali
suspected radical Islamic militants fired a series of mortar shells
on Gao, marking the first such attack in months after the French-led
military operation drove the jihadists from power. Suspected Islamic
militants set off explosions at two bridges near Ansongo.
(AP, 10/7/13)(AP, 10/8/13)
2013 Oct 11, In central Mali a
boat carrying hundreds of passengers along the Niger River capsized.
Only 210 survivors, of an estimated 400 people aboard, were counted.
By Oct 19 the body count reached 72.
(AP, 10/12/13)(AP, 10/19/13)
2013 Oct 23, In Mali a suicide
bomber killed two Chadian troops from the UN peacekeeping mission
and injured six others in an attack on a checkpoint at the entry to
the northern town of Tessalit.
2013 Oct 24, In Mali the French
military said it has engaged with UN and Malian forces in a major
operation aimed at preventing a resurgence of Islamist rebels in
2013 Nov 1, Dutch PM Mark Rutte
said the Netherlands will send 380 soldiers and four Apache attack
helicopters to war-torn Mali following an appeal for more UN
2013 Nov 2, In Mali two French
journalists were snatched by gunmen in the northern town of Kidal.
Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon of Radio France Internationale
were grabbed by armed men in a 4x4 just after finishing an interview
with the acting head of the rebel National Movement for the
Liberation of the Azawad (NMLA). Their bodies were dumped a dozen km
outside the town.
(Reuters, 11/2/13)(AP, 11/3/13)
2013 Nov 4, In Mali French
forces, who found the bodies of two radio journalists kidnapped and
shot to death, followed the abductor's tracks in the sand and
arrested about a half-dozen suspects. 4 people were killed when
their truck hit a landmine in the Gao region.
(AP, 11/4/13)(AFP, 11/4/13)
2013 Nov 8, In northern Mali 3
people were killed during clashes between the MNLA Tuareg separatist
group and the Malian army.
2013 Nov 21, Security sources
said French special forces have killed Hacene Ould Khalill the
second-in-command of the veteran Islamist commander Mokhtar
Belmokhtar in an operation in Mali's northern region of Tessalit.
The Mauritanian, known by his nickname Jouleibib, was deputy
commander of Belmokhtar's "Those Who Sign in Blood" Brigade, formed
when the Algerian jihadist split with al Qaeda's North African wing.
2013 Nov 24, Mali held
legislative elections. In the north ballot boxes were reportedly
stolen in the Timbuktu region, including one by armed men and
several by a politician, in the first sign of disruption in
parliamentary polls. In preliminary results announced on Dec 18,
Pres. Keita's RPM party finished first after the second of two legs,
securing 61 of a total of 147 seats in parliament.
(AFP, 11/24/13)(Reuters, 12/18/13)
2013 Nov 28, In Mali Tuareg
demonstrators occupied an airport runway to prevent PM Oumar Tatam
Ly visiting the rebel-controlled northeastern town of Kidal.
Protesters said Malian soldiers shot and wounded three of the
demonstrators, but the Malian army denied that.
2013 Nov 29, In northern Mali
separatist Tuareg rebels said they were ending a five-month-old
ceasefire with the government and taking up arms following violence
in the northern city of Kidal.
2013 Dec 3, In Mali excavation
began on a mass grave containing 21 skulls near the Kati military
barracks, formerly the fief of Gen. Amadou Haya Sanogo. The spot
where the remains were found matches the place where witnesses said
around 20 soldiers were shot and killed by troops loyal to Sanogo in
2013 Dec 14, In Mali a car bomb
killed two UN Senegalese peacekeepers and destroyed the only
operating bank in the northern town of Kidal, one day before a
second round of parliamentary elections.
2013 Dec 15, French Foreign
Minister Laurent Fabius confirmed that 19 armed Islamists had been
killed in a French-led military operation this week targeting Al
Qaeda-linked rebels in restive northern Mali.
2013 Dec 16, In Mali four more
bodies of soldiers were discovered, bringing to 25 the number of
troops believed to have been killed by the country's coup leader.
2013 Dec 24, The Malian
Ministry of Defense said that Aliou Mahamar Toure, the former head
of the Islamic Police in Gao, has been captured. Toure had presided
over a 10-month reign of terror.
2013 The population of Mali,
90% Muslim, numbered about 15.8 million.
2014 Jan 12, The leaders of
Mali and Mauritania signed an accord to boost military cooperation
and information sharing in the battle against "armed groups or
terrorists" plaguing the west African neighbors.
2014 Jan 17, Mali's army
arrested Houka Houka Ag Alfousseyni, a hardline Islamist judge. He
had ordered floggings, amputations and the stoning of women for
adultery during a 10-month occupation by rebels linked to al Qaeda.
2014 Jan 21, France said it
will create new outposts and broaden its military presence in
Africa's turbulent Sahel region to better fight the terror threat
from extremist groups like al-Qaida. Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le
Drian said France is moving toward a regional counterterrorism
approach in former colonies like Chad, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso,
Niger and Mali.
2014 Jan 22, In Mali Issaka
Sidibe, a high-ranking ruling party lawmaker and relative of the
president, became the country’s second most powerful politician as
he was elected to lead the nation's new parliament.
2014 Jan 24, In northern Mali a
French counter-terrorism offensive ended with 11 Islamist militants
killed and a French soldier wounded.
2014 Jan 31, Humanitarian
groups warned that more than 800,000 Malians are desperate for food
while another three million risk going without meals as the country
struggles to emerge from months of armed conflict.
2014 Feb 5, Germany's
government approved increasing the number of soldiers sent to Mali
from 180 to 250 as part of an EU-led mission to train the national
army for its fight against Islamic extremists.
2014 Feb 7, Mali’s Ministry of
Defense said around 30 ethnic Tuaregs have been killed in the
northern Gao region in local fighting with ethnic Peuls.
2014 Feb 23, In northern Mali a
miner said that 8 armed men closed the large Taoudenie salt mine by
forcing more than 800 workers to leave.
2014 Feb 23, In Mali 5
bodies were discovered in two graves near the Kati military barracks
outside Bamako. The victims were wearing military clothing but their
identities had not been confirmed.
2014 Mar 14, A Mali military
source said French air strikes in the mountains of northern Mali
have killed Islamist militant Oumar Ould Hamaha, a jihadist with a
$3 million US government bounty on his head. Paris said last week
its forces had killed 10 suspected Islamist fighters in the northern
Adrar des Ifoghas mountains, after the group was spotted by a
US-made Reaper surveillance drone.
2014 Mar 21, In Mali an
overnight blaze at the main market in Bamako destroyed around 2,000
shops, causing millions of dollars in damage as fire crews struggled
to access the site and hydrants malfunctioned.
2014 Mar, In Mali the National
Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, the original instigator of
the rebellion of 2012, broke in two.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.51)
2014 Apr 4, Mali, Liberia and
Sierra Leone geared up to tackle killer haemorrhagic fevers
including Ebola, which has claimed 86 lives in Guinea. Mali claimed
3 suspect cases; Liberia claimed 14; Sierra Leone claimed several
2014 Apr 5, In Mali former
planning minister Moussa Mara (39) was promoted to the premiership
after Mali's first post-war PM Oumar Tatam Ly (50) quit just six
months into office. Ly had reportedly become frustrated over being
unable to enact reforms in the administration.
2014 Apr 17, In Mali French
Special Forces backed by helicopters freed five humanitarian aid
workers who had gone missing on Feb 8.
(SFC, 4/18/14, p.A2)
2014 May 2, In northern Mali
Sidati Ag Baye was shot by two suspected al-Qaida-linked Islamic
extremists on a motorcycle in Kidal. Baye had foiled an attack by
Islamic extremists several months ago by alerting security forces to
a bomb left on a runway at Kidal’s airport.
2014 May 8, France said it will
deploy 3,000 soldiers to combat Islamist violence in the vast and
largely lawless Sahel region to pursue counter-terrorism in north
Mali, the north of Niger and in Chad.
2014 May 17, In Mali gunfire
erupted between the army and Tuareg separatists (MNLA) in the
northern city of Kidal as PM Moussa Mara embarked on a trip there.
Rebels attacked the governor's office in Kidal, abducting 32 civil
servants. 8 soldiers and 28 insurgents were killed. PM Moussa Mara
responded by saying Mali is now at war with the armed Tuareg
(Reuters, 5/17/14)(Reuters, 5/18/14)(SFC,
5/19/14, p.A2)(AP, 5/22/14)
2014 May 21, Mali launched a
military offensive to retake control of a northern Tuareg separatist
stronghold. Witnesses reported intense fighting with machine gun and
heavy weapons fire in Kidal. At least 50 Malian soldiers were killed
and 30 wounded in a failed attempt to retake the Tuareg separatist
stronghold. Another 50 were taken prisoner and some 900 surrendered
their weapons and sought refuge at a UN post.
(Reuters, 5/21/14)(Reuters, 5/23/14)(Econ,
2014 May 22, In Mali Tuareg
separatists said they have seized control of several towns in the
north after routing government forces but they would respect calls
for a ceasefire.
2014 May 23, The African Union
said ethnic Tuareg separatist rebels have signed a cease-fire deal
after having pushed the Malian army out of Kidal.
2014 Jun 4, In Mali authorities
arrested army officer Lieutenant Mohamed Ouattara and a number of
associates suspected of plotting against President Ibrahim Boubacar
2014 Jun 11, In northern Mali a
car bomb at a checkpoint killed 4 people including Chadian
peacekeepers and Malian soldiers at a UN camp in Aguelhoc.
(SFC, 6/12/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 16, In Mali a jail
break in Bamako left at least two people dead as 22 prisoners
2014 Jun 24, Mali security
forces arrested Mahamed Aly Ag Wadoussene, a fugitive at the heart
of a jail break in Bamako on June 16 in which at least two people
were killed and 22 prisoners escaped.
2014 Jul 13, France said its
military offensive that freed northern Mali from the grip of
Islamists would be replaced by an operation spanning the wider,
largely lawless Sahel region to combat extremist violence.
2014 Jul 14, In northern Mali a
French soldier died from wounds in a suicide bombing.
2014 Jul 24, Air Algerie Flight
5017 carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital
disappeared from radar early today over northern Mali after heavy
rains were reported. Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83
about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou. Half the dead were
from France. Others included at least 19 Lebanese citizens. On June
29, 2017, Spanish plane leasing company Swiftair was charged in a
French probe into the crash.
(AP, 7/24/14)(SSFC, 7/27/14, p.A4)(AFP, 6/29/17)
2014 Aug 16, In northern Mali 2
UN peacekeepers were killed and nine others injured in a suicide
attack on a patrol base in the village of Ber.
2014 Sep 14, In northern Mali a
UN military vehicle struck a land mine in the volatile Kidal region,
killing a Chadian soldier and wounding four other peacekeepers.
2014 Sep 18, In Mali 5 Chadian
peacekeepers died and three others were injured when their truck was
hit by an explosive device.
2014 Sep 23, In northern Mali
residents of the town of Zouera found the decapitated head and
body of a Tuareg hostage seized last week for purportedly acting as
an informer for French forces in the region.
2014 Oct 3, In Mali 9
United Nations peacekeepers from Niger were killed in an ambush on
2014 Oct 16, In northern Mali
clashes between armed groups and pro-government militias killed at
least 6 people near Gao.
2014 Oct 24, In Mali a
two-year-old girl died of Ebola, the country’s first case. The girl
and her grandmother had visited Kissidougou, a town in the southern
part of Guinea. The child had tested positive two days earlier.
(AFP, 10/24/14)(SFC, 11/12/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 2, Two Malian soldiers
were killed and four wounded by an improvised bomb in the nation's
restive northern desert.
2014 Nov 8, The French military
said 24 jihadists were killed in a recent operation carried out in
northern Mali that left one French soldier dead. A news release from
Operation Barkhane said that two other extremists had been captured
during the late October offensive in the region of Kidal.
2014 Nov 12, Malian authorities
reported two new deaths from Ebola that are not believed to be
linked to the nation's only other known case. A day earlier Mali had
reported no new cases since Oct 24.
(AP, 11/12/14)(SFC, 11/12/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 20, In northern Mali
the bodies of two Tuareg separatist militants were found near the
village of Takabort, around 40 km outside Kidal.
2014 Nov 21, In Mali a suicide
bomber blew himself up outside a phosphate mine in Bourem without
causing any other casualties.
2014 Nov 22, Mali confirmed a
new case of Ebola and said two more suspected patients were being
2014 Nov 22, In northern Mali
suspected Islamist fighters kidnapped 10 children and killed two
others who tried to escape outside the towns of Aguelhoc and Kidal.
2014 Nov 25, In northern Mali
the convoy of a visiting cabinet minister struck a roadside bomb,
killing 2 soldiers and wounding four others.
2014 Dec 1, The IMF's executive
board completed its official review of Mali's situation and agreed
to continue disbursing the loans. The fund had suspended its loans
to Mali in June over concerns that it overpaid for a military supply
contract that wasn't open to bids.
2014 Dec 9, President Francois
Hollande said that Serge Lazarevic (50), the last French citizen
held hostage since 2011 by Al Qaeda's north African arm, has now
been freed. Five prisoners in Mali were reported exchanged for the
2014 Dec 10, In northeastern
Mali Ahmed el Tilemsi, a leader of the Mourabitoune militant group,
was killed in an evening operation conducted by French and Malian
forces near the town of Gao. About 10 militants in total were
"neutralized" during the sweep.
2015 Jan 4, In northeastern
Mali six Nigerian soldiers of the UN's MINUSMA mission were injured,
with gunmen also burning four UN trucks.
2015 Jan 5, In Mali at least 5
people were killed in a gun attack on an army base close to the
2015 Jan 17, In northern Mali a
UN peacekeeper from Chad was killed and another wounded near Kidal.
2015 Jan 23, In Mali 7 fighters
of the separatist Tuareg movement were killed in a clash with UN
peacekeeping forces near Tabancort.
(SFC, 1/24/15, p.A2)
2015 Jan 25, In northern Mali
at least two soldiers were killed in an ambush 30 miles (45 km) west
2015 Jan 27, In northern Mali 3
people were killed after a 2nd day of demonstrations against the UN
military mission. The crowd was protesting against an agreement
concluded at the weekend to create a "temporary security zone" in
the Tabankort district of the Gao region. On April 2 the UN said its
police peacekeepers had used unauthorized and excessive force and
that members of the responsible unit would be repatriated to face
(AFP, 1/27/15)(Reuters, 4/2/15)
2015 Jan 28, In northern Mali
an attack overnight by pro-government GATIA fighters, including
suicide bombers, killed a dozen people near Tabankort. GATIA is the
commonly-used name for the pro-government Imghad and Allies Tuareg
2015 Feb 11, Mali officials
said motorcycle-riding poachers have killed at least 19 elephants
over the past month, marking a significant blow to a rare grouping
that lives in central Mali. It is believed there are only 350 to 700
elephants left in Mali.
2015 Mar 1, The Malian
government signed a peace agreement with some northern armed groups
in Algiers but the main Tuareg rebel alliance asked for more time to
consult its grassroots.
2015 Mar 7, In Mali militants
killed 5 people in a gun attack on a restaurant in Bamako, including
3 Malians, a French citizen and a Belgian security officer with the
EU delegation in and around La Terrasse restaurant. The Sahara-based
Islamist group al-Mourabitoun, run by leading Algerian militant
Mokhtar Belmokhtar, claimed responsibility.
(Reuters, 3/7/15)(Reuters, 3/8/15)(AFP, 3/13/15)
2015 Mar 7, In Mali two Arab
teenagers were lynched and their bodies burned on in Gao by an angry
mob that believed they had planted bombs in the area. They came from
a family that supports Bamako against a predominantly Tuareg
rebellion in the restive north.
2015 Mar 8, In northern Mali
unknown attackers fired dozens of rockets towards a UN base on the
outskirts of Kidal, killing a peacekeeper and two children.
(Reuters, 3/8/15)(AFP, 3/8/15)
2015 Mar 10, In Mali hundreds
of people rallied in the northern town of Kidal to protest against a
preliminary, UN-brokered peace deal signed by the government and not
yet accepted by Tuareg rebel groups in the north.
2015 Mar 13, Malian special
forces killed a suspect in the March 7 deadly jihadist attack on a
nightclub in the capital.
2015 Mar 19, Mali said special
agents were holding three people suspected of helping armed
jihadists launch the March 7 attack on a nightclub in Bamako in
which 5 people died.
2015 Mar 30, In northern Mali
an international Red Cross worker was killed and a local colleague
wounded when the aid truck they were driving came under fire, in an
attack claimed by the MUJAO jihadist group.
2015 Apr 3, In Mali a security
guard was killed in a bombing at a home in Bamako.
2015 Apr 4, In Mali
unidentified gunmen attacked the town of Boni killing two people.
2015 Apr 5, In northern Mali
one person was killed and three injured as unidentified assailants
shelled the city of Gao.
2015 Apr 6, In Mali French
special forces, in an operation that killed several jihadists,
rescued Dutch train driver Sjaak Rijke, kidnapped in November, 2011,
in Timbuktu by Al-Qaeda's north Africa arm.
2015 Apr 9, France announced
the cancellation of $68.7 million (64.8 million euros) in debt owed
by Mali. The debt from 1984 was initially the equivalent of 229
million euros and was due to its rejoining the CFA franc backed by
the French treasury.
2015 Apr 12, In central Mali 2
government soldiers were killed and others wounded when their
vehicle struck a landmine near Diabaly.
2015 Apr 15, In northern Mali
at least 3 civilians were killed and nine UN peacekeepers seriously
injured in a suicide attack at a UN base in town of Ansongo. Al
Mourabitoun, a group formed by the elusive Algerian Islamic
extremist leader Moktar Belmoktar, claimed responsibility for that
(Reuters, 4/15/15)(AP, 4/18/15)
2015 Apr 17, In northern Mali
two assailants attacked a UN convoy of civilian workers, killing 2
and wounding another.
2015 Apr 29, In northern Mali 2
soldiers and a civilian were killed when gunmen attacked the village
of Goundam. In central Mali 10 militants and nine soldiers died in
clashes between the army and the main Tuareg rebel alliance in Lere.
(Reuters, 4/29/15)(AFP, 4/30/15)
2015 Apr 30, In northern Mali 3
civilians were killed when their minibus triggered a landmine. Over
fifty armed Tuareg rebels from the Coordination for the Movements of
Azawad (CMA) stormed the northern town of Bintagoungou, killing one
and taking six other people hostage.
(AFP, 4/30/15)(AFP, 5/1/15)
2015 May 5, In Mali a coalition
of separatist groups attacked the central town of Tenenkou killing
(SFC, 5/6/15, p.A2)
2015 May 11, In northern Mali
separatist rebels ambushed a military convoy at Tin Telout, 25 miles
from Timbuktu. The government said 9 soldiers were killed The
Coordination of Movements for Azawad (CMA) said 30 soldiers were
killed in the attack.
(Reuters, 5/11/15)(SFC, 5/12/15, p.A2)
2015 May 14, Mali's Tuareg-led
rebels signed a preliminary peace agreement with the government as a
gesture of "good faith" to end decades of separatist fighting, but
wanted more guarantees before signing a final accord.
2015 May 15, Mali gathered
regional heads-of-state, government officials and armed groups for a
largely ceremonial signing of a peace accord expected to go ahead
without the main Tuareg-led rebel alliance.
2015 May 18, In Mali at least
three soldiers were killed in a dawn raid by rebels south of the
desert town of Timbuktu, despite a partial signing of a peace deal
2015 May 21, In Mali government
soldiers reportedly executed 9 Tuareg residents Tin Hama village in
the country's north. The Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA)
later said those executed included an aid worker for a European
2015 May 22, In northern Mali
Tuareg-dominated rebel coalition reportedly captured 19 government
soldiers in clashes in the Gao region amid growing violence that
threatens to derail UN-brokered peace efforts.
2015 May 25, In Mali armed
gunmen fired on a UN vehicle in Bamako, killing one peacekeeper and
2015 May 29, The UN said
clashes between armed groups in northern Mali have forced almost
60,000 people to flee their homes in the past month.
2015 Jun 5, The head of Mali's
main Tuareg-led rebel groups said his movement will sign a final
deal on June 20 to end the conflict in the west African nation.
2015 Jun 10, In southern Mali
dozens of Islamic militants on motorcycles attacked the town of
Misseni in the Sikasso region, killing 2 people.
(AP, 6/10/15)(SFC, 6/11/15, p.A2)
2015 Jun 20, Mali's Tuareg-led
rebel alliance signed a landmark deal to end years of unrest in a
nation riven by ethnic divisions and in the grip of a jihadist
2015 Jun 27, In western Mali
suspected Islamist fighters attacked Nara town near the border with
Mauritania before dawn, 12 people were killed, including 3 soldiers
and 4 attackers. Ansar Dine later claimed responsibility.
(Reuters, 6/27/15)(AFP, 6/27/15)(Reuters, 7/6/15)
2015 Jun 28, In Mali fighters
carrying an Islamist flag took control of part of the town of
Fakola, attacking security forces and damaging a number of public
buildings, including the town hall and police station. They fled
after a brief occupation.
2015 Jul 2, In Mali 6 UN
peacekeepers were killed and five wounded in an attack on their
convoy near Timbuktu.
2015 Jul 5, In northern Mali
French special forces killed Mohamed Ali Ag Wadossene in an early
morning operation in the Kidal region of the Tigharghar mountains. A
dozen others were arrested. The Islamic extremist was released last
year in exchange for the freedom of a French hostage.
2015 Jul 10, Oslo-based Scatec
Solar said Mali said has signed an agreement to build west Africa's
first industrial-scale solar power plant.
2015 Jul 11, A Mali army
commander said special forces have disrupted a network of at least
six Islamic extremists plotting an attack in Bamako. The extremists
were linked to the Ansar Dine group.
2015 Aug 1, Two Malian soldiers
were killed and four wounded in an ambush on their convoy near the
central town of Nampala.
2015 Aug 3, In northern Mali at
least 10 soldiers were killed in a "terrorist" attack on their camp
at Gourma-Rharouss in the Timbuktu region.
(AFP, 8/3/15)(SFC, 8/4/15, p.A2)
2015 Aug 7, In central Mali
gunmen stormed a hotel in Sevare in an apparent attempt to kidnap
Westerners, killing 4 soldiers, 4 UN contractors and a driver in an
ongoing standoff with the army. 4 attackers were killed. The Macina
Liberation Front (FLM) was suspected.
(AFP, 8/7/15) (AP, 8/8/15)(AFP,
8/9/15)(SSFC, 8/9/15, p.A6)(AP, 8/11/15)
2015 Aug 8, Mali's special
forces rescued four people who hid in a hotel in Sevare for nearly
24 hours after Islamic extremists stormed the building and launched
a rare attack far from their northern strongholds that killed 13
(AP, 8/8/15)(AFP, 8/9/15)(SSFC, 8/9/15, p.A6)
2015 Aug 9, Mali’s army said
gunmen have killed 10 civilians in an attack on the northern village
2015 Aug 10, In central Mali an
army vehicle hit a roadside bomb, killing 3 soldiers and injuring
four others near the town of Diabozo.
2015 Aug 17, In northern Mali
several people died in clashes pitting a pro-government Tuareg group
and the main Tuareg rebel body at Agnefis.
2015 Sep 1, In Mali suspected
Islamic extremists attacked an army checkpoint in Timbuktu, killing
at least 2 soldiers by slashing their throats.
2015 Sep 2, In Mali 19 people
died when an overloaded canoe capsized on a stretch of the Niger
river passing through the town of Bangou. 70 people survived and
four were still missing.
2015 Sep 8, The WHO said a
child in Mali has been paralyzed by polio, the first case there
since 2011. The child was stricken in Guinea before arriving in
(SFC, 9/9/15, p.A2)
2015 Sep 18, Fighters from
Mali's former rebel alliance, the Coordination of Azawad Movements
(CMA), took control of the northeastern town of Anefis after
loyalist fighters who seized it last month withdrew.
2015 Sep 19, In central Mali a
gun attack blamed on jihadists left two policemen and two civilians
2015 Sep 26, Ahmad Al Mahdi Al
Faqi, known as Abu Tourab, an alleged Islamic extremist charged with
involvement in the destruction of religious buildings in the
historic city of Timbuktu in Mali in 2012, was sent to the
International Criminal Court to face justice.
2015 Oct 3, Mali's government
said it exchanged 30 separatist rebels last week for the release of
16 soldiers, a move that shows progress after violence in August
threatened to disrupt a peace accord.
2015 Oct 9, In central Mali
suspected members of the Macina Liberation Movement attacked
Douna-Pene village, killing local official Timote Kodio in front of
2015 Oct 26, In northern Mali
UN peacekeepers began lifting a security zone they imposed around
the town of Kidal because fears of an attack have diminished after
rival clans signed a peace deal earlier this month.
2015 Oct 26, Mali’s military
said 3 civilians died when their vehicle hit a landmine, and that
two UN peacekeepers who went to the rescue were wounded when a
second mine exploded at Tessalit in the region of Kidal.
2015 Nov 13, Mali's army
arrested Alaye Bocari, a leading financial backer of an Islamist
militant group responsible for an expansion of deadly attacks in the
2015 Nov 20, In Mali a least
two Islamist gunmen stormed the Raddison Blu luxury hotel in Bamako
and took 170 people hostage in the former French colony. 19 people
were killed including 6 Russians, 3 Chinese, one Israeli, one
American, one Belgian and one Malian soldier. The 2 gunmen were
killed. The al-Mourabitoun Islamic extremist group took credit for
the attack. On Nov 26 two Malians were arrested for complicity in
(AFP, 11/20/15)(Reuters 11/21/15)(SFC, 11/21/15,
p.A6)(SFC, 1/14/16, p.A2)
2015 Nov 25, Germany said it
will send up to 650 soldiers to Mali to provide some relief to
France in its global fight against the Islamic State jihadists.
2015 Nov 28, In Mali mortars
lit up the dawn sky when they were fired on a United Nations base in
the northern city of Kidal early today, killing at least 3 people.
2015 Dec 7, Al Qaeda in the
Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a video showing three men
purportedly confessing to spying for the Mauritanian and French
military and then one being taken out of a pick-up truck in the
desert and shot in the head. The 22-minute video shows the men
saying they had been spying in northern Mali since at least 2006.
2015 Dec 16, Sweden said it
would send a transport plane and logistical support to Mali and
other parts of Africa to free up French forces stationed there and
let them join the fight against Islamic State.
2015 Dec 17, In Mali a gunman
killed 3 people outside a Christian radio station in the city of
Timbuktu. Radio host Joel Dicko, a local contractor with the UN and
a student were killed. Authorities later arrested two people in
connection with the shooting.
(AFP, 12/18/15)(AP, 12/21/15)
2015 Dec 20, French forces in
Mali killed about 10 extremists over the last 24 hours and recovered
arms and explosives after heavy fighting in the country's north.
2015 Dec 21, Mali's government
announced a state of emergency that will last for 10 days through
2015 Dec 23, In Mali a
pro-government armed group accused the French military of killing
four of its fighters during a weekend clash with an Al-Qaeda-linked
movement in the country's restive north.
2015 Dec 24, In northeastern
Mali 6 former fighters were killed in the Kidal region in an attack
claimed by an Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda.
2016 Jan 8, In Mali Beatrice
Stockly, a Swiss missionary, was kidnapped from her home in
Timbuktu, nearly four years after she was abducted by Islamist
militants from the same house. In 2021 her remains were found and
(Reuters, 1/8/16)(BBC, 4/1/21)
2016 Jan 15, In northern Mali 2
soldiers were killed when an aid convoy they were escorting was
ambushed. In central Mali armed men also attacked a market in Dioura
and killed a guard from the Water and Forests Agency.
2016 Feb 5, In Mali at least
four suspected jihadists and a Malian soldier were killed following
an attack on a UN military camp in Timbuktu.
2016 Feb 9, In Mali 3 soldiers
were killed after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device
in the central Mopti region.
2016 Feb 11, In central Mali
suspected Islamist militants killed 2 civilians and a customs
officer and burned a car in an attack on a customs post in Mopti.
2016 Feb 12, In northern Mali 6
UN peacekeepers were killed and some 30 wounded when suspected
Islamists attacked their base in Kidal. 3 Malian soldiers died in an
ambush as jihadists intensified attacks in the restive region.
2016 Mar 4, At a meeting in
Chad's capital N'Djamena, defense chiefs from Chad, Niger, Burkina
Faso, Mali and Mauritania -- the so-called G5 Sahel countries --
pledged to form special units to respond quickly to threats and
attacks from Islamist militants.
2016 Mar 8, In Mali organizers
said two hundred young jihadists are ready to lay down their weapons
as part of a new government and civil society deradicalization
2016 Mar 12, In northern Mali 2
UN peacekeepers from Chad were shot dead and a third slightly
wounded by one of their colleagues.
(AFP, 3/13/16)(AP, 3/13/16)
2016 Mar 13, In Ivory Coast
heavily armed gunmen opened fire at the L'Etoile du Sud (Southern
Star) hotel beach resort of Grand-Bassam which is popular with
Westerners. Gunmen from al Qaeda's North African branch killed 15
civilians and 3 special forces. 3 attackers were also killed. On
March 25-26 two Malians were arrested in northern Mali on suspicion
of playing a key role in the deadly attack that left 22 people dead.
(AFP, 3/13/16)(AP, 3/14/16)(AFP, 3/27/16)(Econ,
4/16/15, SR p.3)
2016 Mar 21, In Mali an unknown
number of gunmen attempted to force their way into the Azalai
Nord-Sud hotel, where the EU mission is based, in Bamako's upmarket
ACI 2000 neighborhood, but were held back by return fire from
security guards, with one attacker shot dead.
2016 Mar 29, Former rebels in
Mali held a failed reconciliation forum in their northern bastion of
Kidal which was boycotted by the government, as the UN warned of an
"alarming" security situation.
2016 Mar 30, In Mali Souleymane
Keita, the top jihadist leader in the south of the country, was
transferred to Bamako following his arrest a few days earlier on the
2016 Apr 12, In northern Mali 3
French peacekeeping soldiers died after their armored car ran over a
2016 Apr 15, Malian
photographer Malick Sidibe (80) died. He had won international
acclaim with his vibrant black-and-white images which captured daily
life in his native country.
2016 Apr 16, Mali's special
forces arrested Alou Doumbia (32), the suspected "Number Two" of a
group of Islamists accused of carrying out an attack last month on
Ivory Coast's Grand Bassam resort that left 19 dead. The brains of
the operation, Kounta Dallah, was still at large, and is suspected
of both organizing and taking part in the attack, as well as
appointing Doumbia to his role.
2016 Apr 18, In Mali at least
one civilian was killed during a protest against the presence of UN
and French troops in the Malian city of Kidal.
2016 Apr 21, Malian security
arrested Mauritanian man in Bamako suspected of planning and
carrying out deadly attacks on popular tourist venues in Mali last
2016 May 1, In central Mali
Pro-government militia killed 4 members of the Peuhl ethnic group
and then struck again at a funeral the next day, killing 9 more
victims. the Peuhl community have been accused of collaborating with
the Macina Liberation Front, an Islamic extremist group active in
2016 May 5, Mali's security
forces arrested Yacouba Toure, a senior member of Islamist militant
group Ansar Dine, who trafficked weapons for attacks in Mali and
over the border in Burkina Faso.
2016 May 18, In northeastern
Mali 5 Chadian peacekeepers were killed and three others wounded
during an ambush in the Kidal region. Three suspects were captured
following the attack.
2016 May 27, In northern Mali 5
soldiers were killed and four others wounded when their vehicles
were hit by an explosion.
2016 May 29, In central
Mali at least five UN peacekeepers were killed in an ambush by
suspected militants some 50 km out of Mopti.
2016 May 31, In Mali 4 people
were killed in two attacks on UN projects.
2016 Jun 25, In central Mali 14
people were killed in a clash over land between residents of two
villages in Djenne, in the Mopti region.
2016 Jul 9, In central Mali
unidentified gunmen killed 2 soldiers in the Koro region near the
border with Burkina Faso.
2016 Jul 12, In Mali at least 3
people were killed and 32 left wounded after a protest in Gao turned
(SFC, 7/13/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 19, In central Mali an
attack on an army base killed at least 17 soldiers and wounded more
than 30 in the city of Nampala.
2016 Jul 26, In Mali jihadist
leader Mahmoud Barry, aka known as Cheikh Yahya, was arrested near
the Wagadou forest. His group was one of two that claimed
responsibility for the July 19 attack on an army base that killed at
least 17 soldiers.
2016 Aug 22, At The Hague
Islamic extremist Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi pleaded guilty to
orchestrating the destruction of historic mausoleums in the Malian
desert city of Timbuktu. Al Mahdi advised Muslims around the world
not to commit similar acts.
2016 Nov 4, In northern Mali a
French soldier was killed in an attack after a mine exploded as his
armored vehicle passed by during a supply mission. The Mali-based
Ansar Dine extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack.
2016 Nov 19, In central Mali a
militia that represents ethnic Peuhls said it would lay down its
arms in a boost for government attempts to bring peace to the
2016 Nov 20, Mali held its
first elections since 2013, with turnout low as security jitters
remained high despite an international military intervention.
Malians burned ballot boxes and one candidate was kidnapped during
the local elections. Polls were canceled in at least seven districts
for security reasons.
(AFP, 11/20/16)(Reuters, 11/20/16)
2016 Nov 29, In northern Mali
militants struck two airports with an explosives-laden truck and
rockets, in attacks that caused no victims but pointed to desert
jihadists intensifying their insurgency.
2016 Dec 6, In central Mali
five suspected Islamist militants freed 93 prisoners during an
attack on a jail in the town of Niono. Ninety prisoners remained at
large after three were captured.
2016 Dec 16, Mali's national
assembly voted overwhelmingly to drop charges of high treason
against former president Amadou Toumani Toure in a decision that
should allow him to return from exile in Senegal.
2016 Dec 24, In northern Mali
Sophie Petronin, a Frenchwoman who runs an organization for
malnourished children, was kidnapped in Gao.
2016 Dec 25, In Mali at least
20 people died after a boat capsized in the Timbuktu region.
(SFC, 12/27/16, p.A2)
2017 Jan 18, In Mali at least
60 people including five suicide bombers were killed when a vehicle
packed with explosives detonated inside a military camp in Gao.
(Reuters, 1/18/17)(SFC, 1/19/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 14, Malian television
said hundreds had fled villages close to the city of Macina after
clashes between Fulani herders and Bambara farmers over the weekend.
The death toll from the armed confrontation had risen to 20 from 13.
2017 Feb, In Mali Gloria
Cecilia Narvaez, a Colombian nun, was kidnapped by the al
Qaeda-linked Macina Liberation Front, near the border with Burkina
Faso. She was freed in 2021.
2017 Mar 2, Nusrat al-Islam,
officially known as Jama'a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin', was
formed in Mali as an umbrella coalition of four al-Qaida-aligned
2017 Mar 6, The European Union
approved plans for a military headquarters to coordinate overseas
security operations. The facility will initially run three
operations: civil-military training missions in Mali, the Central
African Republic and Somalia.
2017 Mar 25, Mali's main Tuareg
separatist factions said they would boycott talks with the
government next week on implementing a nearly 2-year-old peace
accord that has been riven by quarrelling.
2017 Mar 27, In Mali former
rebels and opposition parties boycotted a national summit enshrined
in the country's 2015 peace deal, laying bare divisions with the
government and armed groups it relies on for security.
2017 Mar 28, Former rebels in
Mali reversed a decision to boycott a national reconciliation
conference after receiving assurances from the government.
2017 Mar 29, Malian security
forces said two soldiers and a civilian were killed. A new jihadist
alliance, the "Group to Support Islam and Muslims" (GSIM), led by
Iyad Ag Ghaly of Islamist organization Ansar Dine, soon claimed
2017 Apr 28, Mali's National
Assembly voted to extend a state of emergency by six months in a bid
to quell an upsurge in attacks by Islamist militants based in the
desert north of the West African country.
2017 May 19, Mali’s Pres.
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita sat down for talks with visiting French
President Emmanuel Macron. Macron visited French troops fighting
jihadists and urged faster progress on a peace accord signed in
2017 Jun 3, Mali's military
chief said the countries of West Africa's Sahel region are
requesting 50 million euros ($56 million) from the European Union to
help set up a multinational force to take on Islamist militant
groups. the so-called G5 Sahel countries included Chad, Niger,
Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania.
2017 Jun 3, It was reported
that French soldiers in Mali have killed at least 20 jihadists at
the border with Burkina Faso.
(SFC, 6/3/17, p.A2)
2017 Jun 9, The UN mission in
Mali, MINUSMA, said its Kidal camp "had come under heavy
rocket/mortar fire" and "a little later a position nearby was
attacked" outside their base, killing three peacekeepers and
wounding eight more.
2017 Jun 18, In Mali Islamic
extremists stormed the Campement Kangaba resort area popular with
foreigners and killed four people, including a Portuguese soldier
who had been serving in the European Union mission to stabilize this
West African country.
2017 Jun 21, The UN Security
Council unanimously adopted a resolution that paves the way for the
deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight
jihadists in the Sahel region. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania
and Niger had agreed in March to set up the special joint
2017 Jun 26, Sweden announced
that Al-Qaeda has released Johan Gustafsson (42) in Mali and can
return home. Gustafsson was abducted in Timbuktu, northern Mali, in
November 2011 along with South African national Stephen McGowan and
Dutchman Sjaak Rijke.
2017 Jun 28, Pope Francis led a
ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica to give the Catholic church five
new cardinals. They were from Mali, Laos, El Salvador, Spain and
Sweden. Recent news named Bamako Archbishop Jean Zerbo as one of
three Mali prelates holding multi-million euro Swiss bank-accounts.
2017 Jul 2, In Mali French
Pres. Emmanuel Macron met with leaders from five regional countries
known as the G5 (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger). He
said France will provide military support for operations as well as
70 tactical vehicles and communications, operations and protective
equipment to support a new multinational military force against
extremists in the vast Sahel region.
2017 Jul 9, In Mali two
soldiers escaped and eight went missing after clashes with
terrorists near Menak. On July 17 the bodies of the missing soldiers
were found killed by bullets in Inkadogotane, 60 km from Menak.
2017 Jul 15, Thousands of
Malians took to the streets to protest against a planned referendum
on constitutional changes that would give extra powers to President
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, create new regions and recognize the
Tuareg's ethnic homeland.
2017 Jul 26, In northern Mali a
German military helicopter working with the UN peacekeeping mission
crashed in the desert of the Gao region.
2017 Jul 27, In Mali Stephen
McGown (42) of South Africa was freed after being held hostage by
Al-Qaida's North Africa branch for six years.
2017 Aug 5, The United Nations
said it was investigating mass graves found in a northern Mali town
along with a slew of human rights abuses committed by armed groups
vying for control of the area.
2017 Aug 14, In central Mali
gunmen attacked a UN base, wounding a UN peacekeeper and a Malian
soldier. Malian troops repulsed the attackers, who lost two of their
own men in the raid. Unidentified gunmen attacked the headquarters
of the UN peacekeeping force in Timbuktu killing seven people and
injuring seven others.
(AFP, 8/14/17)(SFC, 8/1517, p.A2)
2017 Aug 17, ICC war crimes
judges said that a Malian jihadist was liable for 2.7 million euros
in personal damages for destroying Timbuktu's fabled shrines in
2012, as they ordered reparations in a landmark ruling.
2017 Aug 18, Former Malian
Islamist police chief Aliou Mahamane Toure, who cut off people's
hands as part of a harsh form of Islamic law during an occupation of
the north in 2012-13 by jihadi rebels, was handed a 10-year jail
2017 Sep 5, The UN Security
Council agreed to set up a sanctions regime for Mali to punish those
who obstruct a 2015 peace deal as fears grow that the West African
country is sliding back into turmoil.
2017 Sep 24, In northern Mali
three UN soldiers from Bangladesh were killed by an explosive device
that detonated as they were escorting a convoy.
2017 Oct 23, In northern Mali
the French military targeted Islamist militants of Ansar Dine near
the border with Algeria and took 15 militants "out of action" in an
2017 Oct 28, The G5 Sahel force
(Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and Mauritania), backed by France
and the United States, launched its campaign to counter escalating
Islamist insurgencies amid growing unrest.
2017 Oct 30, Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson said the United States has promised $60 million to
support the Group of Five Sahel States (G5 Sahel: Burkina Faso,
Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger) Joint Force’s counterterrorism
2017 Nov 23, France-based
Interpol said 40 suspected human traffickers have been arrested and
nearly 500 of their victims freed in a vast police operation in five
African countries. The operation earlier this month was carried out
in Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.
2017 Nov 24, In northeastern
Mali four UN peacekeepers and one Malian soldier were killed and
several others were wounded in an attack by unidentified assailants.
(Reuters, 11/24/17)(SSFC, 11/26/17, p.A8)
2017 Nov 28, Guinean officials
said a two-day skirmish between Guinean and Malian villagers over
control of a gold mine that straddles the countries' joint border
killed at least 17 people. Five dead were reported on the Guinean
side and 12 on the Malian side.
2017 Dec 13, French President
Emmanuel Macron hosted a summit for the leaders of the G5 Sahel
(composed of the armies of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and
Chad) plus Germany and Italy as well as the Saudi and Emirati
ministers. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates committed 130
million euros ($152.75 million) to tackle Islamist militants in the
2017 Charlie English authored
“The Storied City: The Quest for Timbuktu and the Fantastic Mission
to Save its Past." In Britain it was published as “The Book
Smugglers of Timbuktu."
(Econ 5/13/17, p.74)
2018 Jan 6, In northern Mali
three members of an armed pro-government group were killed by
2018 Jan 8, The defence and
foreign ministers of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger,
the G5 Sahel, pledged to pool military efforts to fight terrorism
have set up a fiduciary fund to oversee donations for their
2018 Jan 25, In central Mali a
landmine explosion blew up a civilian passenger vehicle, killing 13
people and wounding several others.
2018 Jan 25, In central Mali a
landmine explosion blew up a civilian passenger vehicle from Burkina
Faso, killing 13 people and wounding several others. The death toll
was soon raised to 26 and included six women and four children.
(Reuters, 1/25/18)(SFC, 1/27/18, p.A2)
2018 Feb 4, Malian Defence
Minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly said a 5,00 man G5 force to fight
jihadism will be operational by the end of March.
2018 Feb 6, In Niger five Sahel
countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) made a
pitch for further funds for a joint force to fight jihadism in their
2018 Feb 9, In central Mali
five civilians were killed and another 18 wounded when their
passenger vehicle struck a landmine in the Mopti region.
2018 Feb 21, In Mali two French
soldiers died when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised
explosive device. France has a 4,000-strong counterterrorism force
in Mali, part of Operation Barkhane, to fight extremist groups in
the Sahel region.
2018 Feb 21, In central Mali an
imam and family members of a village chief were among seven
civilians reportedly kidnapped and killed during a search and sweep
operation by the army.
2018 Feb 23, EU leaders and
int’l. donors in Brussels pledged 414 million euros ($510 million)
to help five countries in West Africa's vast Sahel region (Burkina
Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) set up a new counterterror
force as a deadly jihadist threat grows.
(AP, 2/23/18)(AFP, 2/23/18)
2018 Feb 27, Six Malian
soldiers were killed when their vehicle struck a land mine near the
town of Dioura late today, the latest in a series of mine attacks in
the central Mopti region.
2018 Mar 1, An al Qaeda
affiliate based in Mali released a video of French aid worker Sophie
Petronin (72), who was kidnapped in late 2016.
2018 Mar 19, Canada said it
will send helicopters and support troops to join a United Nations
peacekeeping mission in Mali, but officials gave few details on
timing or numbers.
2018 Mar 23, Mali's PM
Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and eight ministers arrived in Kidal, the
first senior government delegation in three years to visit the city,
which has been under the control of Tuareg rebels since 2012.
2018 Mar 25, In central Mali
six people were found dead in a mass grave. Villagers later said
they had been arrested by the military three days earlier.
2018 Mar 31, Authorities in
Mali handed over jihadist leader Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed
Ag Mahmoud to the International Criminal Court for prosecution on
war crimes charges committed in Timbuktu while the town was under
the control of extremists between April 2012 and January 2013.
2018 Apr 3, Amnesty Int'l.
reported that 65 people had been killed in Mali by improvised
explosives used by armed groups since the start of the year, raising
concerns about the government's ability to conduct presidential
elections planned on July 29.
2018 Apr 4, In Mali
unidentified gunmen killed one person and wounded at least two
others in an attack on a hotel in the central town of Bandiagara
regularly frequented by UN staff and humanitarian agency workers.
2018 Apr 5, In Mali two Chadian
peacekeepers were killed and at least 10 others were wounded when a
UN camp came under mortar fire in the northern Kidal region. The
French army said that French and Malian troops had killed about 30
Islamist insurgents during a gun battle near the border with Niger.
2018 Apr 6, Mali's army killed
14 jihadist suspects, arrested a day earlier in Dioura, who were
trying to escape detention in its central region. The suspects were
later said to be Fulani civilians. A UN peacekeeper from Niger was
killed when two armed men in the northern city of Gao opened fire on
(Reuters, 4/7/18)(AFP, 4/7/18)(AP, 4/9/18)
2018 Apr 14, In Mali A rocket
and car-bomb attack struck French and UN bases in Timbuktu killing a
UN peacekeeper and wounding seven French soldiers. The al-Qaida
branch in Mali later claimed responsibility.
(http://tinyurl.com/yau7uy8d)(SFC, 4/21/18, p.A2)
2018 Apr 27, In Mali 44 Fulanis
were reported killed by Tuaregs along the Mali-Niger border.
Extremists reportedly killed at least 47 Tuaregs over the last two
(SFC, 5/4/18, p.A2)
2018 May 3, In Mali a Tuareg
leader said extremists linked to the islamic State killed at least
17 people in the Menaka region.
(SFC, 5/4/18, p.A2)
2018 Jun 2, In Mali at least 12
people were injured when opposition demonstrators clashed with
police at a banned political rally in Bamako.
2018 Jun 8, Thousands of
Malians marched through the capital Bamako against President Ibrahim
Boubacar Keita, who will seek re-election next month.
2018 Jun 19, Mali said that
some of its soldiers were implicated in "gross violations" after the
discovery of some mass graves in Nantaka and Kobaka in the region of
Mopti, an area plagued by violence between security forces and
Islamist militants. At least 25 civilians were killed in the region
(Reuters, 6/19/18)(SFC, 6/20/18, p.A2)
2018 Jun 23, In Mali at least
16 Fulani herders were killed in suspected ethnic clashes in the
village of Koumaga in the Mopti region.
2018 Jun 29, In central Mali a
suicide bomber in a vehicle painted in UN colors attacked the Sevare
headquarters of the G5 Sahel, an international anti-terror task
force. Two soldiers, a civilian and two attackers were killed.
(Reuters, 6/29/18)(AFP, 6/29/18)(SFC, 6/30/18,
2018 Jul 1, In northern Mali a
car bomb attack on a military patrol killed four civilians and
wounded four French soldiers in Gao. An al Qaeda-linked Islamist
group in Mali soon claimed responsibility
(Reuters, 7/1/18)(Reuters, 7/2/18)
2018 Jul 3, In Mali local
government administrators responsible for organizing July 29
presidential and legislative elections indefinitely extended a
strike until demands for better safety and pay are met. Election
organizers late today agreed to end a two-week strike over working
conditions, lifting a threat to a looming vote.
(Reuters, 7/3/18)(Reuters, 7/4/18)
2018 Jul 15, In northeastern
Mali gunmen shot dead 14 civilians in an attack on a village near
the border with Niger.
2018 Jul 24, In central Mali
the Ambodedjo Airport near Sevare was hit by shells overnight, the
latest unrest just days before the country votes for a president.
2018 Jul 25, In central Mali
clashes erupted between traditional Donzo hunters and Fulani herders
near the town of Djenne. A number of civilians were killed in the
ethnic violence, one of a long series of attacks before a
hotly-disputed presidential election this weekend.
2018 Jul 29, Malians voted to
decide whether or not to give President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita a
second term, amid widespread ethnic and jihadist violence that has
dramatically worsened since he came to power five years ago. Attacks
by gunmen or other violence disrupted around a fifth of the polling
stations, with about three percent unable to function at all.
(Reuters, 7/29/18)(Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018 Jul 31, A third party in
Mali's presidential election claimed that its candidate had made it
through to a run-off vote, further complicating a poll beset by
violence that has stopped thousands from casting their ballots.
2018 Aug 9, In Mali the third
and fourth-place finishers in the first round of presidential
elections declined to endorse opposition leader Soumaila Cisse in
the August 12 run-off, dealing a blow to his hopes of defeating
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
2018 Aug 10, Malian authorities
arrested three jihadists who said they were preparing to carry out
an attack during the vote in Bamako.
2018 Aug 12, Malians voted in a
second round presidential election between incumbent Ibrahim
Boubacar Keita and opposition leader Soumaila Cissewill.
2018 Aug 14, Malian
presidential spokesman Bocary Treta told reporters that Pres.
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has won a second-round election runoff
"comfortably", according to a provisional vote count by his own
2018 Aug 16, The Malian
government said President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won a landslide
victory in a run-off against opposition rival Soumaila Cisse, giving
him a second term to try to turn back a surge in ethnic and Islamist
2018 Aug 20, Mali's
constitutional court confirmed the re-election of President Ibrahim
Boubacar Keita to a second five-year term.
2018 Sep 4, Mali's President
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (73) was been sworn in to a new five-year
term in the presence of former rebels and several other
personalities although the opposition continues to dispute his
2018 Sep 10, The Balzan
Foundation announced that Swiss-based Terre des Hommes will receive
1 million Swiss francs ($1 million) for a project in the African
nation of Mali to save infants during childbirth and help their
2018 Sep 25, In northern Mali
at least 15 Tuaregs were killed when armed men from a rival ethnic
group attacked their village.
2018 Sep 29, In Mali at least
25 Tuareg civilians were killed over the last 24 hours in
Amalaoulaou on the restive frontier with Niger.
2018 Oct 25, Jihadist-hit Mali
extended by a year a state of emergency in place since a deadly
November 2015 attack on a top hotel in the capital Bamako which
claimed 20 lives.
2018 Nov 5, In Senegal a
two-day African security forum opened in Dakar amid concerns about
funding for a much-trumpeted initiative to bind the G5 Sahel force
(Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) into an anti-terror
2018 Nov 22, In Mali Amadou
Koufa, one of the most prominent jihadist leaders in the country,
was killed late today in a raid by French forces. The operation
killed about 30 Islamist militants.
2018 Dec 5, In central Mali 15
civilians from the Fulani community were killed when armed men from
a rival ethnic group attacked their village.
2018 Dec 6, The European Union
and France said their total investment in development funding aimed
at preventing terrorism in the G5 African Sahel countries
(Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, and Niger) would rise to 1.3
billion euros ($1.5 billion), as the region struggles with jihadism
2018 Dec 12, In northeastern
Mali several dozen civilians were shot dead by gunmen who raided an
area near the border with Niger. Jihadists on motorcycles killed at
least 42 people in a series of attacks on their nomadic camps over
the last 24 hours in the eastern Menaka region.
(AFP, 12/13/18)(SFC, 12/14/18, p.A2)
2018 Dec 22, Canadian PM Justin
Trudeau made a surprise holiday visit to Mali to see troops on a UN
peacekeeping mission. Trudeau also met with Mali's PM Soumeylou
Boubeye Maiga to discuss relations between the two countries.
2018 Dec 26, It was reported
that Qatar has airlifted 24 armored vehicles to Mali, in a move it
said would help the countries of the African Sahel region combat
2019 Jan 1, In Mali armed men
reportedly attacked a central village, killing 37 civilians, in what
appeared to be ethnic violence. Those killed were from the Fulani
ethnic group and included the village chief.
2019 Jan 10, In central Mali
the French military in coordination with Malian armed forces carried
out airstrikes killed some 15 members of an unnamed extremist group
that had been preparing an attack.
2019 Jan 20, In northern Mali
al-Qaida-linked jihadists killed ten UN peacekeepers from Chad in an
attack at the Aguelhok base 200 km (125 miles) north of Kidal.
(AP, 1/20/19)(SFC, 1/21/19, p.A2)
2019 Jan 25, In central Mali
two UN peacekeepers from Sri Lanka died and several were wounded
when their vehicle hit a mine.
2019 Feb 21, In Mali Djamel
Okacha (aka Yahya Abou El Hamame), an Algerian commander in Al-Qaeda
in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), was killed after French commandos,
helicopters and a drone hit a column of vehicles he was traveling in
north of Timbuktu. A total of 11 "terrorists" were reported killed.
2019 Feb 23, The UN said that
three Guinean peacekeepers had been killed during an attack on their
vehicles in Siby near the capital of Bamako, Mali.
2019 Mar 17, In Mali gunmen
attacked and briefly seized an army base overnight, killing at least
16 soldiers and destroying five vehicles in the central Mopti
region. Central Mali is the locus of the Macina Liberation Front,
led by Salafist preacher and militant leader Amadou Koufa.
2019 Mar 23, In central Mali an
ethnic Dogon militia already blamed for scores of attacks over the
past year attacked Ogossogou, an ethnic Peuhl village just before
dawn. The death toll from the massacre soon rose to 134 dead.
2019 Mar 24, Mali's government
announced the sacking of senior military officers and the
dissolution of a militia, a day after the massacre of more than 130
Muslims, including women and children.
2019 Apr 4, A UN official said
Mali is in dire need of humanitarian aid, with more than three
million people requiring food and basic assistance even as billions
of dollars go to security missions.
2019 Apr 18, Mali's President
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's office late today said he had accepted the
resignation of PM Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and his entire cabinet. A
day earlier lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties
submitted a motion of no confidence blaming Maiga and his
administration for failing to clamp down on unrest.
2019 Apr 20, In central Mali a
UN peacekeeper was killed and four others wounded when a mine
exploded as their convoy passed close to the Burkina Faso border.
2019 Apr 21, In central Mali
suspected jihadists killed at least 12 soldiers in an attack on a
military outpost at Guire.
2019 Apr 22, Mali President
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita appointed finance minister Boubou Cisse as
prime minister, days after the government resigned following
pressure to respond to the vigilante massacre of about 160 Fulani
herders which shocked the nation.
2019 May 1, In central Mali a
number of Dogons were killed in an ambush, while other members of
the same community were killed the following day as they tried to
retrieve the bodies. At least 18 civilians were killed in the two
2019 May 14, Mali urged the
European Union to step up support for Africa's Sahel countries amid
a series of extremist attacks, as France mourned two officers killed
during a hostage rescue mission in the region.
2019 May 18, In Mali a Nigerian
peacekeeper was killed in an attack on the United Nations'
stabilization mission in Timbuktu.
2019 May 19, In Mali at least
seven people were killed late today after an attack in Koury, near
the country's troubled border with Burkina Faso.
2019 May 28, The International
Crisis Group (ICG) think tank suggested that Mali's government
should consider "dialogue" with jihadists waging an insurgency in
the west African state. It said all avenues should be explored to
save civilians from further harm.
2019 Jun 3, UN
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of a "high risk" of
atrocities in Mali in a report that calls for beefing up the UN
peacekeeping presence in the strife-torn center of the country.
2019 Jun 9, In central Mali 95
people inhabited in a village by the Dogon community were reportedly
killed by gunmen in a late night attack. Days later authorities
revised the death toll to 35.
(AFP, 6/10/19)(AFP, 6/12/19)
2019 Jun 16, In northern Mali
allied French and Malian forces killed 20 militants in an operation
in the district of Akabar where the Islamic State operates.
2019 Jun 16, Two Malian
gendarmes were killed by a mine explosion outside a military base
and a soldier died in an ambush in the north of the country.
2019 Jun 19, Malian authorities
said a pair of attacks on ethnic Dogon villages have left at least
30 people dead.
(SFC, 6/20/19, p.20)
2019 Jun 21, Thousands of
Malians demonstrated in Bamako to demand an end to a series of
massacres in the center of the country.
2019 Jun 28, The UN Security
Council voted to beef up the mandate of the more than 16,000
peacekeeping mission in Mali to help tackle escalating
(SSFC, 6/30/19, p.A4)
2019 Jun 30, In central Mali at
least 23 people are dead and 300 missing after an attack on a
village of Fulani herders, where communal violence has surged in
2019 Jul 7, Mali PM Boubou
Cisse ended a five-day tour of the restive central region where he
has vowed to beef up security, days after the UN humanitarian
coordinator decried the "drastic toll" from violence there.
2019 Jul 16, The United States
added Bah Ag Moussa, a senior member of the al Qaeda affiliate in
Mali, to its global terrorism list, accusing him of engaging in
destabilizing attacks across the West African country.
2019 Sep 1, In Mali 15 people
were killed when a three-storey building collapsed in the capital,
Bamako. The residential building was under construction but was
2019 Sep 3, In central Mali at
least eight people were killed when a makeshift bomb exploded under
a passenger bus travelling in the violence-plagued region of Mopti.
2019 Sep 30, In Mali
unidentified assailants killed 38 government soldiers at two bases
in the center of the country.
2019 Oct 19, The Malian army
said it had killed around 50 militants during an operation in which
it managed to rescue some of the soldiers who were captured during
deadly attacks last month on two bases in the center of the country.
Unidentified assailants killed 38 soldiers during the Sept. 30
2019 Nov 1, Mali's government
said at least 53 soldiers and one civilian have been killed in an
attack on a northern army post, in one of the deadliest strikes
against the West African country's military in recent memory.
2019 Nov 2, In Mali an attack
on a French army convoy near Indelimane village disabled a vehicle,
killing one soldier and wounding others onboard. The Islamic State
group soon claimed responsibility. The IS also claimed
responsibility for another attack last week in Indelimane.
2019 Nov 7, The United States
imposed sanctions on the leader of an Islamist militant group in
Mali called the Macina Liberation Front. The sanctions target Amadou
Koufa, a Salafist preacher and leader of the al Qaeda-linked group
operating in Central Mali.
2019 Nov 19, The World Food
Program (WFP) said jihadist violence in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso
has forced nearly 1 million people to flee their homes, destroyed
fragile agricultural economies and hobbled humanitarian aid efforts.
2019 Nov 25, In Mali 13 French
soldiers were killed late today when two helicopters collided while
fighting insurgents in the country's restive north. This was the
heaviest single loss for the French military in nearly four decades.
(The Telegraph, 11/26/19)
2019 Dec 4, President Emmanuel
Macron demanded West African leaders of Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso,
Chad and Mauritania to dismiss growing anti-French sentiment across
the region if they wanted France's military to continue its
operations against Islamist militants.
2019 Dec 21, France carried out
its first armed drone strike, killing seven Islamic extremists in
the Ouagadou forest of central Mali. French President Emmanuel
Macron said French forces have killed 33 Islamic extremists in
(AP, 12/21/19)(AP, 12/23/19)
2020 Jan 26, In Mali armed men
attacked an army camp near the border with Mauritania, killing 19
soldiers in Sokolo in the Segou region.
2020 Feb 7, French air strikes
killed 20 militants in the Sahel region where Mali, Niger and
Burkina Faso meet. Earlier in the week commando operations killed
about ten others in the border area.
(SSFC, 2/9/20, p.A3)
2020 Feb 25, In Mali three
Irish soldiers were injured in a roadside bomb attack on a
multinational convoy of UN peacekeepers about 80 km (50 miles)
northeast of the city of Gao.
2020 Feb, In central Mali
tribesmen attacked Ogossogou, an ethnic Peuhl village. 35 people
(Econ., 8/22/20, p.10)
2020 Mar 14, In Mali Canadian
Edith Blais and Italian Luca Tacchetto were freed in good health.
They had been kidnapped on December 15, 2018, in Burkina Faso.
2020 Mar 25, In Mali
unidentified gunmen kidnapped Soumaila Cisse and members of his
campaign team in an area controlled by extremists groups linked to
al-Qaida. Cisse's bodyguard died of injuries sustained during the
(https://tinyurl.com/vnvbsw2)(SFC, 3/27/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 28, Mali recorded its
first coronavirus just hours before polls were to open on March 29
for a long-delayed parliamentary election.
2020 Mar 29, Malians voted in
long-delayed parliamentary elections a day after the country's first
coronavirus death. Mali now had 18 confirmed Covid-19 cases. There
were concerns about its spread in a country with a poor healthcare
2020 Apr 6, In Mali a
“terrorist attack" on an army post in the northern town of Bamba
killed at least 25 soldiers and wounded six others.
2020 Apr 7, Mali has recorded
46 positive cases of COVID-19 disease, including one member of the
UN peacekeeping force, and five deaths.
2020 Apr 23, In Mali French
Brigadier Dmytro Martynyouk, of the 1st foreign cavalry regiment,
was wounded by the improvised explosive device. On May 1 Martynyouk
died in Paris of his wounds.
2020 May 7, The Islamic State
group (IS) revealed that it is engaged in fierce clashes with
al-Qaeda militants Burkina Faso and Mali.
2020 May 10, In Mali three UN
peacekeepers from Chad were killed when their convoy hit a roadside
bomb in the Kidal region.
2020 May 19, French forces in
Mali captured Islamic State group commander, Mohamed Mrabat. The
veteran jihadist had a senior role in the Islamic State in the
Greater Sahara (ISGS) group.
2020 May 28, In Mali Lieut.
Col. Carlos Moisés Guillén Alfaro (46), a pilot with the El
Salvadoran air force, became the first UN peacekeeper to officially
die of COVID-19.
2020 May 29, UN
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the deaths of the first
two UN peacekeepers from COVID-19. He made the announcement at a
ceremony marking the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, saying
both peacekeepers, who died over the last 24 hours, were serving in
2020 Jun 3, French forces
killed Abdelmalek Droukdel, the Algerian leader of al-Qaeda in north
Africa, along with members of his inner circle in an operation in
2020 Jun 5, In Mali some 30
people were killed and the Fulani village of Binedama burnt in the
volatile Mopti region. The following day the government pledged to
investigate claims that the army killed dozens of civilians in the
2020 Jun 5, In Mali the M5-RFP,
a group of oppostion leaders, began protesting against a growing
jihadist insurgency. Mahmoud Dicko, a charismatic imam, bolstered
the group. More than 1,800 people have been killed in the first six
months of this year in fights involving jihadist groups and ethnic
(Econ., 8/8/20, p.36)
2020 Jun 13, In central Mali at
least 24 soldiers were killed and others are unaccounted for after
gunmen ambushed a convoy. About 12 vehicles were in the convoy and
four of them were destroyed in the ambush.
2020 Jun 19, In Mali thousands
of protesters gathered in the capital, Bamako, calling for Pres.
Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (75) to resign because of escalating jihadist
and inter-communal violence.
2020 Jun 26, UN human rights
chief Michelle Bachelet said that 580 civilians have been killed in
central Mali this year amid worsening inter-communal violence,
faulting security forces for rights violations and saying radical
groups like the regional wings of al-Qaida and Islamic State are
fanning and exploiting it.
2020 Jun 29, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to extend the mandate of the UN
peacekeeping force in Mali for a year and called for a long-term and
detailed plan for it to hand over security responsibilities and
leave the West African nation.
2020 Jul 3, Malian officials
said armed men attacked farming villages in the central Mopti region
this week, killing at least 33 people. Fulani armed groups have been
targeting Dogon farmers and Dogon farmers have been responsible for
attacks on Fulani villages in the region.
(SFC, 7/4/20, p.A2)
2020 Jul 10, Protesters in Mali
forced the state broadcaster off air during large demonstrations in
Bamako. This was the third rally in a month demanding that President
Ibrahim Boubakar Keita stand down. At least one person was reported
killed outside the national assembly.
2020 Jul 11, In Mali police
fired tear gas in Bamako as scattered groups came out for a second
straight day of anti-government protests, defying the president's
latest call for dialogue. Mali Pres. Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
announced the dissolution of the constitutional court in an attempt
to calm unrest that saw four people killed in street protests a day
(AP, 7/11/20)(BBC, 7/12/20)
2020 Jul 13, In Mali a measure
of calm returned to Bamako as traffic again began to circulate on
two of the city's main bridges, major choke points that protesters
had targeted. 11 people have died and 124 have been injured in three
days of unrest.
2020 Aug 6, The UN said almost
150 people were extrajudicially killed by Malian and Burkinabe
security forces in Mali between April and June. The quarterly
MINUSMA report also found 50 extrajudicial killings in late May by
Burkina Faso troops in the village of Boulkessi, and settlements
close to the nation's Mali border. More than 1,700 people were
killed by armed groups in the first half of this year, up from about
300 in the whole of 2018.
(AFP, 8/6/20)(Econ., 9/5/20, p.38)
2020 Aug 18, Rumors of a coup
d'etat and of the arrest of Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
drew hundreds of anti-government protesters into the streets of the
capital, Bamako. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali resigned
after the country’s military mutinied, arresting him and other
government officials. The West African nation has been gripped by
unrest for weeks, driven by charges that Keïta stole an election in
(The Telegraph, 8/18/20)(NY Times, 8/19/20)
2020 Aug 19, The soldiers in
Mali who led the coup that has toppled President Ibrahim Boubacar
Keita promised to hold fresh elections to return the country to
civilian rule, amid swift condemnation of their putsch across Africa
and the international community. The soldiers identified themselves
as the National Committee for the Salvation of the People.
2020 Aug 22, In Mali top West
African officials met with the junta leaders and the deposed
president in Bamako trying to negotiate a return to civilian rule
after a coup this week. ECOWAS has demanded the reinstatement of
2020 Aug 24, In Mali an
official in talks between the military junta and ECOWAS said the
junta wants to put off elections for three years in order to prepare
a new constitution prior to any vote.
(SFC, 8/25/20, p.A2)
2020 Aug 26, It was reported
that Mali has been suspended from a global body of French-speaking
countries after a military junta overthrew the West African
country's democratically elected president.
2020 Aug 27, Former Malian
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita returned home after being detained
for 10 days by the ruling military junta that staged a coup d'etat
2020 Sep 5, Mali's ex-President
Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (75), who was ousted in a coup last month,
flew to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for medical treatment after
suffering a minor stroke.
2020 Sep 12, It was reported
that Mali's new military leaders have agreed to establish an
18-month transition government until an election can take place,
following last month's coup.
2020 Sep 13, Mali's opposition
coalition known as M5-RFP publicly objected to the junta's plan,
announced a day earlier, after three days of talks on Mali's
political future. ECOWAS has warned that by Sept. 15 the junta must
designate a civilian leader to head a one-year transition period or
else the country could face further sanctions.
2020 Sep 25, In Mali former
Defence Minister Bah Ndaw (70) was picked by the coup leader,
Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until
elections, which are expected in 18 months. Col Goita will be his
2020 Sep 27, Mali’s
transitional Pres. Bah N'Daw appointed former minister of foreign
affairs, Moctar Ouane, as the West African nation’s prime minister
days after being sworn into office.
(AP, 9/27/20)(SFC, 9/29/20, p.A2)
2020 Oct 5, Mali released
scores of suspected Islamist insurgents in a prisoner exchange for
opposition leader Soumaila Cisse (70) and French aid worker Sophie
2020 Oct 6, West Africa's
regional bloc ECOWAS lifted sanctions against Mali after PM Moctar
Ouane announced the rest of the transitional government positions
nearly two months after a military coup.
2020 Oct 8, Malian authorities
announced the release of a dozen political and military figures
arrested during the coup. Mali also released opposition leader
Soumaila Cisse (70), French aid worker Sophie Petronin and Italian
hostages Pierluigi Maccalli, a missionary priest who was kidnapped
in 2018, and Nicola Chiacchio, who was believed to have been
captured while travelling in the region as a tourist. Those released
included members of Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM), a group
linked to al-Qaida.
(BBC, 10/9/20)(Econ., 10/17/20, p.40)
2020 Oct 9, Switzerland's
foreign minister said a Swiss woman held hostage in Mali was killed
about a month ago by an Islamist group.
(SFC, 10/10/20, p.A2)
2020 Oct 13, In central Mali
suspected Islamic extremists have carried out a series of attacks
killing at least 22 people. Ten civilians died when a car near a
military convoy was ambushed between Bandiagara and Bankass. At
least 12 soldiers died in two separate attacks elsewhere.
2020 Oct 15, In northern Mali a
UN peacekeeper was killed in the Kidal region and others injured in
Timbuktu in attacks by suspected Islamic extremists.
2020 Oct 20, Denmark in
partnership with Germany, the European Union and the UN hosted a
conference on the Sahel in a bid to instill a more acute sense of
urgency. International donors agreed to give $1.7 billion in
humanitarian aid to the central Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali and
Niger), after the United Nations said the northern African region
plagued by violence and climate change was at "breaking point".
2020 Oct 29, It was reported
that a court in Mali has sentenced two men to death over attacks
that targeted foreigners in the capital in 2015. At least 25 people
died when gunmen stormed a nightclub in Bamako in March 2015, and
the Radisson Blu hotel in November.
2020 Oct 30, French military
forces fighting Islamic extremists in West Africa “put away" more
than 50 jihadists in an operation in Mali's Barkhane region.
2020 Nov 10, In Mali French
ground forces and military helicopters killed a jihadi commander
linked with al-Qaida along with four others. Bah ag Moussa, military
chief for the RVIM Islamic extremist group, had been on a UN
sanctions list and was believed responsible for multiple attacks on
Malian and international forces.
2020 Nov 30, In northern Mali
the cities of Kidal, Gao and Menaka were hit by simultaneous attacks
against military camps housing international forces.
2020 Dec 5, It was reported
that Colonel Malick Diaw, one of the key figures behind the August
coup in Mali, has been chosen to lead the interim legislative body,
the National Transition Council, despite concern over the military's
continued influence in the country.
2020 Dec 25, Mali's opposition
leader Soumaila Cisse (71), who was held hostage for six months
earlier this year by jihadists and was considered a leading
contender in 2022 elections, died in Paris.
2021 Jan 2, In Mali two French
soldiers died when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised
explosive device. This came days after 3 other French soldiers died
in a similar way.
2021 Jan 3, In Mali more than
20 people, including children, were reported killed when an
airstrike hit a wedding party in a remote village. The French
military, which has troops in the region, said it carried out a
strike on jihadist militants in central Mali, but that no wedding
was involved. Defense Minister Florence Parly later said no
helicopters were engaged in the strike that “eliminated several
dozen jihadis." A UN report later said the airstrike by the French
Army killed 19 civilians.
(AP, 1/6/21)(AP, 1/10/21)(NY Times, 3/30/21)
2021 Jan 13, In Mali a
detachment of Ivorian peacekeepers was traveling between Douentza
and Timbuktu in the northwest when it hit one or more roadside bombs
before coming under fire. Three peacekeepers were killed in the
attack, and a fourth died of his wounds the next day.
2021 Jan 27, Mali said its army
and French forces have killed at least 100 Islamic extremists so far
this year. At least six soldiers were killed in attacks on two
localities over the weekend.
2021 Feb 10, In central Mali an
attack on a UN base in Kerena injured at least 20 peacekeepers.
2021 Feb 16, France and leaders
of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger and Mauritania agreed to step up
the fight against Islamic extremists in the Sahel by maintaining a
strong French military presence, deploying a new Chadian battalion
and gradually building up a European task force.
2021 Mar 16, In northern Mali
about 100 suspected Islamic extremists on motorcycles ambushed a
military convoy near Tassit, killing at least 33 people in the
deadliest attack of its kind since the president was overthrown in a
coup last year.
2021 Apr 2, A fierce attack on
a UN peacekeeping base in northern Mali killed four peacekeepers
from Chad and at least 23 attackers, and injured another 34
2021 Apr 8, Jihadi rebels in
Mali kidnapped French journalist Olivier Dubois while he was working
in the northern city of Gao. A video was released on May 5 that
shows Dubois saying he was kidnapped by the al-Qaida-linked group
2021 May 4, In Morocco a Malian
woman (25) gave birth to nine babies - two more than doctors had
detected during scans. The five girls and four boys were born by
Caesarean section and were doing well.
2021 May 24, Mutinous soldiers
arrested Mali's transitional President Bah N’Daw and PM Moctar Ouane
hours after a government reshuffle left out two members of the junta
that had seized power in a coup nine months earlier.
2021 May 25, Mali’s former coup
leader Assimi Goita took control of the West African country again
after firing the president and prime minister of the transitional
government following their announcement of a cabinet reshuffle
without his permission. Goita pledged to go ahead with holding new
elections in 2022 as previously promised.
2021 May 27, Mali's former
junta leader Col Assimi Goïta declared himself the country's
transitional president after stripping interim President Bah Ndaw
and PM Moctar Ouane of their powers.. The two ousted leaders were
freed from military detention.
2021 May 28, Mali's
constitutional court named the leader of the country's military
coup, Colonel Assimi Goïta, as its transitional president.
2021 Jun 3, France said it is
halting joint military operations with Mali over last week's coup in
the West African country. It said the suspension would continue
until it received guarantees about a return to civilian rule in
2021 Jun 7, Mali’s coup leader
Col. Assimi Goita was sworn as president of a transitional
government, solidifying his grip on power in the West African nation
after carrying out his second coup d’etat in nine months.
2021 Jun 10, President Emmanuel
Macron said France is to scale down counter-terrorism operations in
the Sahel region of West Africa after eight years. French forces
have been operating in Mali, Chad, Mauritania, Niger, and Burkina
Faso to fight militants.
2021 Jun 25, In northern Mali
12 German troops and a Belgian soldier serving in the UN
peacekeeping mission were wounded in a vehicle bomb attack in the
2021 Jul 20, In Mali there was
an attempted stabbing of transitional president Col. Assimi Goita
during a public Eid al-Adha ceremony at the Great Mosque in
Bamako. A man detained for attempting to stab Goita died in a
hospital on July 25 while in custody.
2021 Jul 26, In northern Mali
five UN peacekeepers were injured in an attack using an improvised
2021 Aug 8, In northern Mali
gunmen attacked the communities of Ouatagouna and Karou, killing at
least 40 people in apparent retribution for the recent arrest of
several jihadi leaders.
2021 Aug 26, Mali's former
prime minister Boubeye Maiga was arrested for his role in the
purchase of a presidential plane during the rule of ousted President
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
2021 Aug 27, A committee
monitoring Mali's post-coup transition said former interim president
Bah Ndaw and prime minister Moctar Ouane have been released from
house arrest by the authorities who ousted them in May.
2021 Sep 3, Mali's anti-terror
police marched on a prison in Bamako to demand the release of their
commander, who was then set free. Commander Samake was accused of
murder over the deaths of at least 14 anti-government protesters in
2021 Sep 16, ECOWAS, West
Africa's main regional bloc, imposed sanctions against the junta in
Guinea and those slowing Mali's post-coup transition - its toughest
response yet to a run of military takeovers.
2021 Sep 19, France's Armed
Forces Minister arrived in Mali to pressure the military junta to
end talks to bring Russian mercenaries into the country and push it
to keep a promise to return the country to constitutional order in
2021 Sep 24, In Mali French
serviceman Maxime Blasco was killed early today in a clash with an
armed militant group near the border with Burkina Faso. The sniper
who shot Blasco was also killed.
2021 Sep 25, In Mali former
Rwandan army colonel Theoneste Bagosora (80), accused of
masterminding the slaughter of 800,000 people during the 1994
genocide, died in prison.
2021 Sep 25, Russia’s Foreign
Minister Sergey Lavrov defended the Mali government's right to hire
a private Russian military company to help fight terrorists,
accusing French troops in the country of failing to get rid of them
and scolding the European Union for demanding that the Russian
2021 Sep 28, In southern Mali
five gendarmes were killed and four were injured when a convoy they
were escorting to an Australian-owned gold mine came under attack by
militants. The al Qaeda-linked Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin
(JNIM) soon claimed responsibility.
2021 Oct 2, In northern Mali a
UN peacekeeper was killed and four more were severely wounded when
their convoy hit an improvised explosive device.
2021 Oct 30, Seven Malian
soldiers were killed in two separate attacks on patrols in the
center-west of the country, the latest bloodshed to indicate
violence is shifting southward into previously peaceful areas.
2021 Nov 2, President Joe Biden
said in a letter to Congress said the United States plans to remove
Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea from the agreement that gives them
duty-free access to the United States, citing human rights
2021 Dec 3, In Mali
unidentified armed men northeast of the town of Bourem attacked a
convoy belonging to the UN peacekeeping mission, killing one
civilian worker and wounding another. Militants killed at least 31
people in central Mali when they fired upon a bus ferrying people to
a market in Bandiagara.
2021 Dec 7, Mali said it has
indefinitely suspended exports of rice, maize and other grains to
protect its food supply as the United Nations warned of worsening
hunger in West Africa.
2021 Dec 8, In central Mali an
explosion killed seven United Nations peacekeepers and seriously
wounded three others.
2021 Dec 14, French forces left
the city of Timbuktu late today, the latest sign that the former
colonial power is drawing down its presence in northern Mali nearly
nine years after driving Islamic extremists from power there in a
military intervention. The Malian military has occupied the former
French military base.
2021 Dec 17, Mali's foreign
affairs ministry said that Chad planned to deploy 1,000 additional
soldiers to Mali to reinforce its troops battling insurgents there,
as France scales back its military presence in Africa's Sahel
2021 Dec 23, France condemned
the Malian transitional authorities' decision to allow the
deployment of the Wagner Group, and accused Moscow of funding the
private military company's use of mercenaries in the West African
2021 Dec 24, Mali's government
denied the presence of Russian mercenaries in the West African
country after 15 Western powers accused Russia of providing material
support to a deployment of private military contractors.
2021 Dec 29, In western Mali
four soldiers were killed and a dozen more seriously injured when
their patrol was ambushed by suspected militants near the town of