Mali: tit-for-tat violence

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“On June 3, French army forces, with the support of their local partners, killed the emir of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Abdelmalek Droukdel, and several of his closest collaborators, during an operation in northern Mali,” French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly wrote on Twitter. Parly said that French forces, which number about 5,100 in the region, had also on May 19 captured Mohamed el Mrabat, a fighter she identified as a veteran militant in the region and member of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.
https://www.dw.com/en/frances-confirms-death-of-north-africas-al-qaeda-head/a-53703153

[December 23 2019\

As French commandos were searching the combat zone in Ouagadou forest, 90 miles from the town of Mopti, “they were attacked by a group of terrorists on motorbikes”, the statement said. A Reaper drone and a French Mirage 2000 patrol opened fire to support the ground troops. French army has Reaper drones at the Niamey air base, in Niger .V

[November 19 2019]

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Twenty-four soldiers have been killed in an attack by militants in eastern Mali, the country’s army has said.
Another 29 were also injured during a joint operation between troops from Mali and Niger in the Gao border region.
Mali’s army said 17 “terrorists” were killed and 100 suspects were being held in Tiloa, in Niger.
The balance of the clashes, Monday, November 18 in Tabankort (Gao), between the Armed Forces of Mali (FAMa) and terrorists, has increased. According to an evening update of the FAMA staff, 29 Malian soldiers were killed, 29 wounded and material damage recorded. “On the enemy side, according to the same source, there are 17 terrorists killed, as well as a hundred suspects apprehended by the Nigerian Forces in Tiloa and 70 motorcycles destroyed.”
Mali-Niger military operation
A little earlier in the day, the Malian armed forces have made the case of an initial assessment of 7 dead and 15 wounded in their ranks. According to a statement from the staff, it is in the context of the operation “Tongo Tongo”, a bilateral operation between Mali and Niger to track terrorists at the border between the two countries, that FAMa patrol was hung in Tabankort. According to the same source, with the support of the French Force Barkhane, the FAMa and the Nigerian Armed Forces (FAN) have taken over the initiative on the ground in Tabankort. “The Nigerian force is conducting the search,” said the statement of the Malian army.

[July 11 2018]The village of Tiloa, located 90 km northeast of the Ouallam department (Tillabéri-Niger), welcomed new displaced persons from the Fulani Bororo community from the Menaka area (Mali). According to the interviewees, the night of May 10, 2018 was marked by an exaction and threats in their camps by the armed self-defense group MSA Gatia who fights against the jihadists and who considered these Fulani as accomplices of these.
[November 12 2017] For now, analysts say the local IS affiliate remains small, at fewer than 80 fighters. But that was also the case at first with al Qaeda-linked factions before they tapped into local grievances to expand their influence in Mali in 2012.

[November 2 2019]

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Indelimane, to Menaka

[Official statement,rough translation]On 2 November, at 11:00 am, Paris time, a light armored vehicle of the Barkhane force engaged in an operation in Liptako was hit by the explosion of an explosive device. This vehicle ensured the protection of a convoy between Gao and Menaka.
The explosion caused the vehicle to turn over.
The medical team present on site immediately intervened to support the vehicle crew, while a Tiger helicopter secured the area
After this first medical intervention, the armored vehicle crew was evacuated using a Cayman helicopter to the Gao Surgical Antenna. The death of Brigadier Ronan Pointeau of the 1st Spahis Regiment was noted.
Other armored vehicle passengers were taken care of. Their condition does not inspire worry.
This insidious attack shows the importance and harshness of the fight against armed terrorist groups for the security of Liptako.
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Official Statement: Following the attack of the FAMa base in Indelimane, the reinforcements dispatched found 54 bodies including 1 civilian, 10 survivors & found significant material damage. The situation is under control. Collection and body identification process are continuing.

[October 2 2019]

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Niger Gen. Oumarou Namatou Gazama.

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Assailants rode into the community of Boulikessi with heavy weaponry overnight Sunday to Monday to attack a Malian battalion of the regional G5 Sahel Force, said a force commander, Niger Gen. Oumarou Namatou Gazama. He blamed “the terrorist group” Ansarul Islam.

Mali’s government said that after exchanges of gunfire, the army had retaken Boulikessi, killing at least 15 extremists and destroying five of their vehicles. It said a joint force with Burkina Faso soldiers was pursuing the extremists behind the attacks.

On 19 May, elements of the Malian armed forces under the command of FC-G5S reportedly killed at least 12 civilians in retaliation for the killing of one of their own soldiers in Boulikessi, in the Mopti region of central Mali. The incident was investigated by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which concluded that soldiers assigned to FC-G5S had “summarily and/or arbitrarily executed 12 civilians”, according to a 26 June statement. The report of this inquiry was sent to the Mali government. The Malian Ministry of Defense announced the opening of a criminal investigation into the matter. On 5 September, the prosecutor of Mopti requested MINUSMA’s assistance in the investigation.  https://www.securitycouncilreport.org/monthly-forecast/2018-11/group_of_five_for_the_sahel.php?print=true

[September 27]

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Photo June 29, 2018, shows damaged buildings inside African military taskforce, G5 sahel headquarters, in the town of Sevare, Mali

Mali’s army says seven soldiers are dead after their vehicles struck an explosive device and were ambushed.
Army spokesman Col. Diarran Kone said the army on September 26 2019 was escorting two vehicles full of fertilizer between the communities of Douentza and Sevare in central Mali when the first vehicle struck the explosives.

[August 21 2019]
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Five troops were killed in central Mali on August 21 2019 when their convoy was ambushed by jihadists on a road between the villages of Boni and Hombori, “the jihadists… burned at least two military vehicles. At least two soldiers were also wounded.”

[July 2 2019]

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“During [July 2 2019], and overnight, in the villages of Bidi, Sankoro and Saran, armed men attacked civilians, killing 23 of them,” Cheick Harouna Sankare, mayor of the neighboring town of Ouenkoro. The attacks come following a wave of deadly assaults between Fulani herders and Dogon farmers who have long fought over land and resources.

The rivalry has escalated in recent years due to the growing presence of armed Islamist groups.

[June 27 2019]

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“About 100 unidentified armed men circulating on motos all of a sudden invaded Yoro and fired on the population,” said Issiaka Ganame, the mayor of Yoro. “Then they descended on the village of Gangafani 2, which is about 15km (9 miles) away.”

The tit-for-tat violence in recent months has largely pitted Dogon hunters against Fulani herders. Attackers believed to be Fulani raided a Dogon village last week, killing at least 35 people.

[June 16 2019 French kill terrorists ]

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Allied French and Malian forces killed 20 militants in an operation in the district of Akabar, a remote part of a game reserve near the border with Niger and not far from the Malian city of Menaka,

[June 11 2019   after attack on Fulanis, reply on Dogons   [

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Mali’s central Mopti region

[June 12 2019] The number of people killed in an attack on Sobame Da in Mopti central Mali has been revised to 35, down from nearly 100, the initial figure corresponded to the combined number of dead and disappeared.
At least 95 people were killed when gunmen raided their village in central Mali late on June 9 2019.

The attack took place in the ethnic Dogon village of Sobane, in Mali’s central Mopti region,
Members of the Dogon and Fulani groups often clash over access to land and water. The Dogon also accuse Fulanis of having ties to local jihadist groups, while Fulanis claim that Mali’s army has armed Dogon hunters to attack them.

Earlier this year, the massacre of more than 150 Fulani villagers, including women and children, prompted Mali’s government to sack senior military officials and dissolve a militia composed of Dogon hunters.

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