Keyword: AQIM

French special forces kill al-Qaeda commander in Mali

The French army said Mohamed Ali Ag Wadossene, an operations chief for al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, died in a firefight in northern Mali.

France says special forces killed two Islamist chiefs in Sahel region

One of the men killed was named as Amada Ag Hama, who has been linked to the murder of two French journalists in 2013.

Last French hostage freed in Mali

Release of Serge Lazarevic after being held by Islamists for three years means there are now no more French hostages anywhere in world.

Al-Qaeda's North African arm releases video of French, Dutch hostages

Serge Lazarevic, held in the Sahara for almost three years since kidnapped in Mali, asks French president 'to do everything to free me'.

Foiled French jihadist ‘targeted Louvre and Eiffel Tower’

Targets revealed in online messages between a 29-year-old French citizen and a 'senior member' of al-Qaeda offshoot group.

French Sahara hostage appeals in video for negotiated release

Serge Lazarevic, who was captured two years ago by Al Qaeda's North African wing AQIM, called for help from President Hollande.

French hostages in North Africa 'still alive'

President Hollande says there is "all reason" to believe the French hostages being held by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) are alive.

France confirms death of Islamist commander Abou Zeid

Abou Zeid, who was a senior figure in al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), was killed during fighting in northern Mali at the end of February.

France 'boosted Mali Islamists' with ransom cash

A former US ambassador to Mali said Sarkozy administration paid vast ransom demands to the Islamists that French soldiers are now fighting.