Keyword: Islamists

France says top Islamist commander 'probably' killed in Mali

Islamist chief Abdelhamid Abou Zeid is 'probably' dead, says French military, while the fate of his ally Mokhtar Belmokhtar is more uncertain.

French, Malian forces take jihadist stronghold near north Mali’s largest city

About 1,000 forces from France, Mali and other African countries are now in the town of Bourem, according to a French military official.

Storm halts French advance into last Mali stronghold

France says a sandstorm is preventing its forces from entering the town of Kidal in northern Mali in their offensive against Islamist militants.

Storm halts French advance into last Mali stronghold

France says a sandstorm is preventing its forces from entering the town of Kidal in northern Mali in their offensive against Islamist militants.

France warns of Islamist threat in Syria

French foreign minister calls for more aid for mainstream Syrian opposition warning that Islamist militants could take control of the country.

French troops take Timbuktu airport

French paratroopers have taken control of the airport and roads surrounding fabled Malian desert town of Timbuktu as Islamists flee.

French-led troops march on for key battle of Timbuktu

French and Malian forces secure the northern Mali town of Gao, once an Islamist stronghold, and advance on to the key town of Timbuktu.

Two key Malian towns recaptured from Islamists

French and Malian troops have seized the key Malian towns of Diabaly and Douentza from militant Islamists, France's defence minister has announced.

France and Morocco call for tough stance against Mali Islamists

Morocco and France call on the African Union and Economic Community of West African States to prepare action against Malian Islamists.