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Mali tri-border security worrying

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The security situation on Mali’s borders with Burkina Faso and Niger has deteriorated to the stage where the UN mission in the landlocked west...

Rheinmetall subsidiary to equip German field hospital in Mali

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German’s Bundeswehr has contracted Rheinmetall subsidiary Zeppelin Mobile Systeme GmbH (ZMS) to equip a field hospital at Camp Castor, the Bundeswehr’s forward operating base...

ISS: Hybrid warfare – Africa beware

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Africa is rapidly becoming a theatre for hybrid threats. Allegations of state-backed information campaigns designed to ramp up divisions in Mali and cyber attacks...

Mali receives Mi-24s and radars from Russia

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Mali’s military has received two Mi-24P attack helicopters from Russia as part of continuing efforts to bolster the country’s armed forces. The Forces Armees Maliennes...

Three likely changes in Mali after France withdraws – and two...

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Eight years have passed since the French military launched its operations in Mali at the request of Mali’s then interim government. Mali, at the time,...

ISS: Lessons must be learnt before Barkhane marches into new territory

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French President Emmanuel Macron has announced the withdrawal of Barkhane and Takuba forces from Mali, but expressed commitment to ‘continue … joint action against terrorism...

Jihadism and coups in West Africa’s Sahel region: a complex relationship

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The political instability and insecurity in some Sahelian states in West Africa has led to the capture of political power by their military in...

Wave of juntas in Africa and the worrisome celebratory reception by...

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Within the past 18 months, Africa has experienced six coups, with the most recent in Burkina Faso on 24 January, rekindling the debate regarding...

Mali’s junta feels sting of international isolation

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Mali’s military junta has backed itself into a corner. After the transitional government refused to hold democratic elections in 2022, the Economic Community of...

Germany to deploy CH-53 helicopters to Mali

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The German military will later this year deploy five CH-53 helicopters and 120 personnel to Gao, Mali, in support of the United Nations mission...

ISS: Beyond ECOWAS sanctions, how can Mali overcome the crisis?

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On 14 January, huge crowds gathered in Mali’s capital Bamako and other towns to denounce sanctions imposed on the country by the Economic Community...

Wagner Group continues to exert Russian influence in Africa

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The increasing presence of Russia’s Wagner Group in Africa underlined the Kremlin’s continued efforts to exert its influence on the continent in 2021. The shadowy...

Malian military commissions new armoured vehicles

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Mali’s military has taken into service dozens of new armoured vehicles, including Norinco VN2C 6x6 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) from China. The vehicles were handed...

Seven UN peacekeepers killed in central Mali explosion

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An explosion on Wednesday in central Mali killed seven United Nations peacekeepers and seriously wounded three others, the UN mission said on Twitter. A logistics...

Mali officially takes delivery of Mi-171 helicopters

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Mali’s military has officially taken into service the four Mi-171 helicopters it received from Russia at the end of September. The four helicopters, along with...

Militants kill at least 31 in central Mali, say local authorities

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Militants killed at least 31 people in central Mali on Friday when they fired upon a bus ferrying people to a local market, local...

UN worker killed in attack on peacekeeping convoy in Mali

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Unidentified armed men attacked a convoy belonging to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali on Friday, killing one civilian worker and wounding another,...

ISS: What makes women resist violent extremism in Mali and Niger?

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Investing in girls’ education from an early age is essential for building their resilience and financial independence. Research has shown why women join violent extremist groups in...

Niger raid leaves 25 dead

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Unidentified gunmen killed at least 25 people in southwest Niger, officials said, the latest deadly raid along the country’s border with Mali. Attackers on motorcycles...

Russia shrugs off French concerns on possible mercenary deal with Mali

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Russia on Thursday dismissed French concerns about a potential deal between Mali and a Russian private military contractor and said it planned to continue...

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