31 Oct '14, 2pm

1 French commando and 20 militants killed in Mali, 9 Nigerian troops killed in Niger

Map of significant al Qaeda-linked attacks in Mali this year. Map made by Caleb Weiss for The Long War Journal . Jihadist groups operating in northern Mali have stepped up attacks over the past several months against French troops and UN peacekeepers operating in the region. On Oct. 29, one French commando was killed after a fierce firefight in the Adrar Tigharghar mountain range in the northern Mali province of Kidal. The soldier, Thomas Dupuy, an Afghanistan war veteran, was killed when his unit came into contact with "30 Islamists ," about 20 of whom were killed in the firefight, according to the French government. Dupuy is the 10th French soldier to die since January 2013. It is unclear which group the French Army came into contact with in Kidal. However, the mountains of northern Mali have been a traditional stronghold of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). In ear...

Full article: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/10/one_french...

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