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Spain to Dispatch Military Transport, Trainers to Mali

Spain will contribute to the French-led European Union operation against Islamist militants in Mali by dispatching a Hercules military transport aircraft and as many as 50 military trainers, Defense Minister Pedro Morenes said Friday. continue reading »

France Sends Troops to Mali’s Capital to Halt Islamist Militants

France said Saturday it has deployed troops to Bamako protect its citizens living in Mali's capital and also announced the death of a French pilot during an air offensive launched to halt the advance of Islamist militants, who control much of that West African country's northern region. continue reading »

Spaniard Briefly Abducted by Al Qaeda-linked Group in Africa

Salafist militant group Ansar al Din, a group affiliated with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, told Efe Saturday that it abducted a Spanish citizen in northern Mali earlier this week before freeing him 24 hours later. continue reading »