President Macron rejects troop draw-down in French military intervention in the Sahel

By Will Morrow, 18 February 2021

The French army has waged the neo-colonial war under the cynical banner of the fight against terrorism and the defence of the local population.

UK deploys troops to Mali

By Jean Shaoul, 8 December 2020

Earlier this year, Mali witnessed months of protests against the French occupation, launched in 2013, and the ethnic massacres between rival militias that Paris tolerates, and uses to divide and rule the country.

French NPA’s Révolution permanente site hails pro-imperialist coup in Mali

By Alex Lantier, 25 August 2020

This web site, linked to the Socialist Workers Party (PTS) of Argentina, hailed a putsch led by a junta of colonels that has proclaimed its loyalty to the French occupation of Mali.

Pro-imperialist coup topples Malian President Keïta

By Alex Lantier, 21 August 2020

The coup leaders exploited growing anger among workers and youth at Keïta, but then declared they would support France’s neo-colonial occupation of their country.

French-backed security forces in the Sahel guilty of mass extrajudicial executions

By Will Morrow, 10 July 2020

The report exposes the Franco-German-led war as a neo-colonial intervention to subjugate the resource-rich and geo-strategically critical region and its population.

Tens of thousands rally in French-occupied Mali for resignation of president

By Will Morrow, 22 June 2020

The protests are driven by anger over rising inequality, the government’s negligent response to the coronavirus pandemic, and extrajudicial killings by security forces.

Malians protest to demand departure of French occupation troops

By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2020

Anger is exploding against the carnage produced by the French war in Mali and against official lies that France is waging a global war on terror.

German defence minister supports combat operations in Africa

By Gregor Link and Peter Schwarz, 4 January 2020

Over the holidays, Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reiterated her call for a massive expansion of the Franco-German campaign in the Sahel region.

Forty-nine Malian soldiers dead in Islamic State attack, as protests grow against French-led war

By Alex Lantier, 5 November 2019

The attack came last Friday on a Malian army outpost at Indelimane, near the border with Niger, as the seventh year of the French-led war in Mali was drawing to a close.

German defence minister visits Niger and Mali in preparation for massive combat operation in the Sahel

By Gregor Link, 17 October 2019

The German government is preparing to expand its Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) mission in Mali and Niger into a massive combat operation and to extend it indefinitely.

France and Germany escalate occupation of Mali and the Sahel

By Will Morrow, 11 September 2019

France and Germany’s neo-colonial occupation of the country is part of a renewed scramble for West Africa.

At least 95 killed in massacre at Sobane Kou village in Mali

By Will Morrow, 12 June 2019

This is the latest in a series of massacres amid growing ethnic conflicts in Mali provoked by the French and German occupation of the country.

German government steps up military intervention in Mali

By Gregor Link, 23 May 2019

Berlin’s Africa Strategy is aimed at advancing its economic and geo-strategic interests by military means.

Mali government falls amid protests against Franco-German occupation

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 24 April 2019

The government collapsed amid strikes and mass protests after the horrific ethnic massacre on March 23 in the village of Ogossagou.

Ogossagou massacre exposes rising bloodshed in European-occupied Mali

By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 30 March 2019

Under occupation by French and German troops, Mali, one of the poorest countries in the world, is being torn apart by bloody ethnic violence.

Canadian troops deploy to Mali to prop up pro-Western puppet government

By Felix Gauthier, 30 August 2018

Presented as an act of humanitarian charity, Canada’s intervention in Mali is aimed at laying claim to huge swathes of Africa’s mineral riches.

Canada deploys “peacekeepers” to wage war in Mali

By Roger Jordan, 21 March 2018

Canadian mining companies have more than $1 billion invested in Mali and according to a 2014 estimate, more than $30 billion invested across Africa.

France intensifies intervention in West Africa with launch of Sahel G5 force

By Kumaran Ira, 18 November 2017

The spreading war in the Sahel, which flows from the 2011 NATO war in Libya, threatens to plunge the entire region into a broader war and humanitarian crisis.

Murder of US Green Beret by Navy Seals in Mali exposes criminal military operations in West Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 15 November 2017

Reports from unnamed US officials indicate that the two murder suspects were stealing cash from a “slush fund” set aside for the purpose of paying informants.

Mali war spilling into Burkina Faso, Niger

By Thomas Gaist, 18 July 2017

The imperialist war in Mali, spearheaded by France, is aimed at seizing control of the massive energy reserves in the West African country.

120 French war in Mali

15 July 2017

Imperialist wars and interventions fuel refugee crisis in Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 9 March 2017

Wars waged or organized by the American government in numerous African countries, including Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Mali, have turned millions into refugees.

Germany steps up military intervention in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 28 January 2017

The upper limit for the number of German soldiers deployed as part the UN mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, is to be increased by 350 to more than 1,000.

German government steps up military intervention in Africa

By our reporter, 19 May 2016

Separate missions in Mali and the Horn of Africa are aimed at strengthening Germany’s economic and strategic interests in Africa by military means.

German military to station Heron drones in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 7 April 2016

The defence minister’s visit to troops in Mali is part of the return to an aggressive foreign policy.

The German president’s imperialist mission in Africa

By Gustav Kemper, 15 February 2016

German President Joachim Gauck’s trip to Nigeria and Mali is a sign of Germany’s growing economic and political influence in Africa.

German government votes to expand military interventions in Mali and Iraq

By Gustav Kemper and Johannes Stern, 11 January 2016

A glance at the foreign ministry’s web site leaves no doubt about the economic interests being pursued by German imperialism.

US Special Forces deploy to Mali in wake of Bamako hotel attack

By Thomas Gaist, 21 November 2015

There are already signs that the United States and France are seizing on the attack to intensify their military operations on the continent.

German defense minister announces combat mission in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 20 November 2015

The German army is preparing a massive expansion of its operations in the West African country, beginning with a dangerous combat mission in the north.

Germany takes over military training operations in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 4 August 2015

The German defense minister’s recent visit to Africa is part of the country’s scramble for the continent’s resources.

France claims killing of Al Qaeda leaders in Northern Mali

By Kumaran Ira, 27 May 2015

France confirmed that it carried out the extrajudicial killing of top Al Qaeda militants in northern Mali during a special forces raid on May 17-18.

US backs new French offensive in Mali

By Jill Lux, 27 August 2014

After last year’s military campaign in northern Mali, Paris is launching expanded military operations in West Africa.

US deploys Special Forces to train military units in North and West Africa

By Eric London, 28 May 2014

US Special Forces are training and arming military units in Libya, Niger, Mauritania and Mali as part of an expanded intervention in Africa.

The NPA’s support for France’s wars in Africa

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 13 January 2014

The NPA writes not as an opponent of imperialism, but as an advocate of different, perhaps more clever policies to pursue increasingly unpopular wars.

France seizes on murder of RFI journalists to intensify Mali war

By Kumaran Ira, 11 November 2013

Two correspondents for Radio France Internationale were abducted and murdered in war-torn northern Mali on November 2.

Mali holds presidential election amid ongoing French intervention

By Pierre Mabut, 9 August 2013

The election was organized in order to provide a pseudo-democratic rationale for France's invasion and ongoing neo-colonial occupation of Mali.

Mali donors’ conference finances imperialist scramble for Africa

By Antoine Lerougetel, 27 May 2013

An international donor conference organised by the European Union, France and Mali in Brussels on May 13 pledged €3.25 billion of aid to Mali.

France launches military, propaganda offensive in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 13 April 2013

Contrary to the French president’s claims that his country made a lightning response to a terrorist threat, the invasion of Mali was prepared long beforehand.

France confirms killing of Al Qaeda leader Abou Zeid in Mali

By Kumaran Ira, 25 March 2013

On Saturday, the French government confirmed the death of Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, the leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), in northern Mali.

German defence minister visits Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 22 March 2013

German defence minister Thomas de Maizière made a surprise trip to Mali last weekend.

France’s defense minister visits French troops in Mali

By Anthony Torres, 15 March 2013

The situation facing the Malian population is catastrophic. Towns and villages have been largely destroyed.

French army suppresses reporting of Mali war

By Ernst Wolff, 13 March 2013

The French army has systematically blocked journalists from conducting objective reporting of the war in Mali.

Washington steps up Africa intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 5 March 2013

The Obama administration is “markedly widening its role” in the French-led neo-colonial war in Mali.

German parliament approves military operations in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 4 March 2013

The aim of the mission is to stabilise the Malian army and support the combat mission by French troops in the country.

German government decides on long-term military deployment in Mali

By Wolfgang Weber, 22 February 2013

According to the terms of the mandate, 180 armed soldiers are to be deployed to Mali as part of a European Union “training mission”.

The role of Germany in the war in Mali

By Wolfgang Weber, 12 February 2013

Germany is expanding its participation in the French colonial war in Mali from week to week.

French military oversees power-sharing deal in Central African Republic

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 January 2013

The political realignment underway is being driven by France, which aims to reassert control over its former resource-rich colony and counter China’s growing influence.

Britain, US escalate war aid as France advances into northern Mali

By Alex Lantier, 29 January 2013

Britain has pledged to deploy troops to Mali and the US is planning a base for drones as the imperialist intervention in the Sahara escalates.

France sends troops to secure Niger uranium mines

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2013

After invading Mali, France has dispatched special forces troops to secure uranium mines in neighboring Niger run by the French state-owned nuclear power company Areva.

Australia: Government and media endorse French intervention in Mali

By Richard Phillips, 25 January 2013

Media editorials have openly pointed to Australian mining investments in Africa as the reason for supporting the military operation.

Reports of atrocities emerge as France escalates Mali war

By Ernst Wolff, 24 January 2013

Thirteen days after starting a war in Mali, France is boosting its military presence amid reports of civilian and ethnic-based killings by French and allied forces.

Canada to expand support for French imperialism’s war on Mali

By Louis Girard and Keith Jones, 24 January 2013

Canadian armed forces are deeply implicated in the French invasion of Mali.

Imperialist powers escalate war in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 22 January 2013

Amid the French offensive in Mali, the imperialist powers are laying out plans for a lasting neo-colonial intervention in all of Western Africa.

French Left Front promotes war in Mali

By Kumaran Ira, 22 January 2013

France’s Left Front is supporting President François Hollande’s decision to launch a war in Mali, while issuing tactical criticisms of his policies.

France escalates Mali war amid Algerian hostage crisis

By Kumaran Ira, 18 January 2013

France has increased its troop deployment in Mali to 1,400, amid a hostage crisis after Islamist militants seized an Algerian natural gas complex to protest the war.

France continues to bomb Mali as Islamist opposition forces advance

By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2013

French warplanes continued to bomb Mali yesterday as French ground forces entered the country to protect the military junta of Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo.

Hands off Mali!

By Alex Lantier, 15 January 2013

For the fourth time in two years, France has launched a major neo-colonial war against a Third World country.

France launches war in northern Mali

By Ernst Wolff and Alex Lantier, 14 January 2013

French forces bombed northern Mali on Friday and over the weekend, while hundreds of French troops arrived in the capital Bamako.

UN Security Council approves military intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff and Alex Lantier, 22 December 2012

On Thursday, the UN Security Council authorized foreign intervention in Mali under the pretext of freeing northern Mali from occupation by Islamist forces.

Junta forces Malian prime minister to resign

By Ernst Wolff, 15 December 2012

Mali’s Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra was arrested and forced to resign by the country’s military junta on Monday night.

West African states prepare intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 17 November 2012

The Economic Community of West African States has reiterated its readiness to deploy 3,300 soldiers to the north of Mali before the start of the rainy season.

Clinton visit to Algeria prepares war in Mali

By Kumaran Ira, 3 November 2012

Hillary Clinton visited Algiers Monday to secure Algerian support for an imperialist intervention in Mali, as a conference to plan for war opened in Bamako.

EU and the US prepare military intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 26 October 2012

European and US diplomats and military experts are preparing for a military intervention in Mali.

France, US step up pressure for military intervention in Mali

By Kumaran Ira, 2 October 2012

France and the United States are urging UN Security Council to approve a West African-manned military intervention in Northern Mali.

UN prepares French-backed intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 25 September 2012

The West African Economic Community and the government of Mali have agreed on the conditions of a military operation in northern Mali.

Western powers preparing intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 17 July 2012

Just as the international intervention in Libya was aimed in part at denying China access to North African oil, a military intervention in Mali either led by the US or in cooperation with Washington would target Chinese influence in the country.

France threatens to back intervention in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 10 April 2012

Amid ongoing fighting in Mali, France and the US are threatening to organize a military intervention in the country.

France pledges to back action to crush Mali army revolt

By Antoine Lerougetel, 5 April 2012

France is signaling it will back military action to crush an army revolt that deposed Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré.

Military launches coup in Mali

By Olivier Laurent, 28 March 2012

Mutinous soldiers led by Captain Amadou Sanagou seized power last Thursday in Bamako, the capital of Mali.