Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

1/31/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Some fear rebels could flee into northern part of nation to later mount guerilla offensive

French troops have entered Kidal, the final rebel stronghold in Mali. Islamist militants had seized control of northern Mali last year. While many of the insurgents have fled many cities before the arrival of troops, there are concerns they could hide out in the mountainous regions in the north of this African nation to plan a future offensive.

There was no fighting in Kidal. Many assume this indicates that everything was previously organized in advance, alluding to prior agreement made with the MNLA, a secular Tuareg separatist group.

There was no fighting in Kidal. Many assume this indicates that everything was previously organized in advance, alluding to prior agreement made with the MNLA, a secular Tuareg separatist group.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

1/31/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Kidal, Mali, france, guerillas, Islamist insurgents, Tuareg

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Kidal is the third and last major northern town to be retaken during the French-backed intervention against al-Qaida linked Islamist rebels. Militants had seized control of northern Mali in April after a military coup in the south that further weakened the Malian army.
France began aerial bombardments and ground operations in early January to help counter a surprise offensive southward by Islamist rebels.
For the time being, cell phone communications have been cut to Kidal. The president of Kidal's regional assembly, Haminy Belco Maiga, is in touch with the town via satellite phone.

Maiga says the French arrived Tuesday aboard four planes and some helicopters. Vehicles on the ground used their headlights to indicate the runway.

There was no fighting. Many assume this indicates that everything was previously organized in advance, alluding to prior agreement made with the MNLA, a secular Tuareg separatist group which claimed to have seized control of Kidal from the Malian-led Islamist group, Ansar Dine.
Maiga said the MNLA remains on the "periphery of the town" and Ansar Dine appears to have fled to surrounding villages and towns further north.
French troops arrived in Kidal without their Malian counterparts, in contrast to their previous liberations of other key towns. Maiga has expressed his concern that he will not consider Kidal liberated without Malian forces. Furthermore, he says there are beliefs that the French are negotiating with fighters, like the MNLA, which should be reserved for Malian authorities.

Residents hear say that many Islamist fighters had fled before the arrival of any troops. Military sources say the Islamists are believed to have dispersed, abandoning their vehicles and moving in small groups in an effort to blend in with the population.
There are new concerns that the remaining Islamist fighters could take refuge in the remote, mountainous parts of the far north. They could then mount guerilla-style attacks against targets in Mali and neighboring countries.
Military sources say the more than 6,000 troops expected to be deployed to Mali from Chad and from the West African regional bloc ECOWAS will be essential to securing and holding the vast territory.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Africa

Will Pope Francis make a powerful change in Kenya? Watch

Image of Pope Francis arrives in Kenya -and chooses to spent time with the poor instead of rich Kenyan leaders.


Pope Francis arrived in Nairobi, Kenya today and has already ruffled feathers by choosing to join a resident of a Nairobi slum for dinner, rather than accepting President Uhuru Kenyatta's dinner invitation. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In an act worthy of his ... continue reading

'I had my hand on the door': Woman survives Mali hotel attack Watch

Image of Kathie Fazekas survived a terrorist attack at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali (ABC).


Following the Mali hotel attack that claimed the lives of 19 victims, Kathie Fazekas, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) employee, has stepped forward to reveal her terrifying experience with a gunman just outside her hotel door. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

Pope Francis to visit Africa: 'How do you reconcile mercy and war?' Watch

Image of Pope Francis will be visiting Africa from November 25 through November 30.


Pope Francis is set to tour three African countries -Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic - November 25-30. Pope Francis is expected to address the secular lifestyle, competing Christian faiths and violence on the continent. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading

MORE THAN 20 DEAD - Terrorists holding over 100 guests, staff hostage at luxury Malian hotel Watch

Image of Armed gunmen, at last count eight men brandishing AK-47s, quizzed hotel guests about their knowledge of the Koran before they freed 80 people.


Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists have seized the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital city of the African nation of Mali. At least 20 people including, a Belgian worker, a French national and two Malian security guards are believed to have perished in the ... continue reading

The terrorist group MORE DEADLY than ISIS that you NEED to know about NOW! (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES) Watch

Image of Boko Haram is the deadliest militant group in the world (Getty Images).


Despite the recent Paris terror attacks and ISIS extremism in the Middle East and Africa, a new study released at the Institute of Economics and Peace at the University of Maryland found that the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram is the deadliest group in the world. ... continue reading

Was Queen Nefertiti's hidden tomb finally found? Two secret chambers may have been discovered in King Tut's tomb Watch

Image of Dr. Nicholas Reeves spotted what appeared to be a secret entrance, uncovering the


It's very exciting news for the archaeological world. Researchers at King Tutankhamen's tomb say there are new indications of hidden chambers that may be concealed by walls. Infrared thermography used to measure the temperature of each of the walls of the tomb ... continue reading

Cairo, Moscow vehemently deny Islamic State's claim they downed Russian jet over the Sinai Watch

Image of Officials are going through the plane's wreckage to determine what led to the tragedy.


Confusion reigns over the air tragedy that sent a Russian airbus plunging over the Sinai in Egypt the weekend. Altogether, 192 adults, 25 children, and seven crewmembers, all 224 people onboard were killed. Islamic State has released a video allegedly showing ... continue reading

OH, THE HUMANITY: Horrific stories surface in South Sudan's two-year long civil war Watch

Image of The African Union report on South Sudan's war has found evidence of massive crimes against humanity. An African court has been recommended set up to prosecute those responsible.


All the evil men can inflict on one another is explicitly drawn in a new report by the African Union on South Sudan's civil war. Horror stories of innocent civilians beaten and forced to jump into fires, bodies drained of blood and people forced to drink blood ... continue reading

Egypt's Secrets: Mysteries behind Egypt's pyramids to be unraveled with futuristic technology Watch

Image of After years of looting and decay, these new methods will be decidedly


How the mighty pyramids of Egypt were built, has long mystified modern man. Futuristic technology, involving laser scans and 3-D imaging will be used shortly in order to find out how these structures were built - as well as possibly find the final resting place of ... continue reading

BRUTALLY EXORCISED: Unbelievable 50,000 'child witches' abandoned in Congo after 'failed exorcisms' Watch

Image of


Tens of thousands of helpless children, some as young as only months old, are forced to endure exorcisms every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). If they are not "saved from evil" by the rituals, they are labeled "child witches" and are often thrown out of ... continue reading

All Africa News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • St. John Berchmans: Saint of the Day for Thursday, November 26, 2015
  • Daily Readings for Thursday, November 26, 2015
  • How to balance compassion with security concerns with influx of ...
  • BIGGER THAN ISIS - There's a hidden power behind ISIS and it's so big ...
  • UPDATE: Did the U.S. military actually know they were bombing the ...
  • The Miracle Prayer HD Video
  • Prayer For Courage HD Video

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28
1 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for his noblemen, a thousand of ... Read More

Psalm, Daniel 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67
62 Bless the Lord, sun and moon, praise and glorify him for ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:12-19
12 'But before all this happens, you will be seized and persecuted; you ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 25th, 2015 Image

St. Catherine of Alexandria
November 25: St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr ... Read More