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French special forces pilot Damien Boiteux killed in Mali attacks

This is the French military helicopter pilot killed as his country launched twin attacks in Africa against Islamist groups and a failed attempt to release a hostage. Lt Damien Boiteux, 41, was killed during operations against rebels in Mali, in what appears to be a dramatic new western military inte ...

Mali separatists reject U.N. exclusion zone around northern towns| Reuters

Aug 20, 2015    

BAMAKO Separatists in Mali told U.N. peacekeepers on Wednesday to remove a security zone set up around northern towns to forestall further violence with pro-government militias that has undermined a peace accord.The demand will likely raise tension between the separatist Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) and the Platform pro-government militias and make it harder for the U.N. mission (MINUSMA) to restore a fragile peace.The peacekeepers deployed the zone extending 20 km (12 miles) around the town of Kidal to protect civilians and prevent a spread of three days of violence for which both t...

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