December 1, 1987 |
Two congressmen closely identified with Haitian affairs called yesterday for U.S. military intervention in Haiti in the wake of its bloody election crisis, but State Department sources said such action was a remote option. Nevertheless, the Pentagon said that Adm. Frank B. Kelso, commander in chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, had begun to monitor the situation in Haiti as a result of the violence, which led to the cancellation of presidential elections there on Sunday. Rep. Stephen J. Solarz, (D., N.Y.)
January 18, 2012 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Syrian officials said Tuesday it "absolutely rejects" any plans to send Arab troops into the country after the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar proposed the idea to stop the mounting deaths in the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Syria's response showed it was feeling the growing international pressure to halt its deadly military crackdown on dissent. The United States piled on more pressure Tuesday, with a senior administration official saying a recent visit by the commander of Iran's powerful Quds Force to Damascus was the strongest sign yet that Washington's archfoe Tehran was supplying weapons to aid Assad's crackdown.
March 28, 1999 |
For Ronald Reagan, the enemy was the Evil Empire. President Clinton has found evil in an assortment of enemies. Currently, there is the NATO campaign against Serbian forces in Yugoslavia. But in the last six years, the Clinton administration has launched military interventions in Haiti, Somalia, Iraq and Bosnia. It has fired missiles into Sudan and Afghanistan. During his trip to Africa last year, President Clinton also said he might have intervened in Rwanda had he been fully cognizant of the extent of the genocidal conflict there.
December 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military commander in Africa warned Monday against any premature military action in Mali, even as he said that al-Qaeda-linked extremists have strengthened their hold on the northern part of the country. Army Gen. Carter Ham said that any military intervention done now would likely fail and would set the precarious situation there back "even farther than they are today. " The African Union and United Nations are currently discussing the funding, troops, and other assistance necessary to take back northern Mali from the extremists who took control earlier this year.
January 20, 2013 |
BAMAKO, Mali - Radical Islamists have fled a key Malian town because of French air strikes that began after they seized Diabaly nearly one week ago, the Malian military and fleeing residents said late Saturday. A Malian military spokesman, Capt. Modibo Traore, said Saturday soldiers had secured the town. The departure of the Islamists from Diabaly marks a success for the French-led military intervention that began Jan. 11 to oust the Islamists from northern and central Mali. Last week, the Malian military was able to retake another key town, Konna, whose capture had sparked the French intervention.
December 27, 2012
Group: France risks hostages PARIS - An al-Qaeda-affiliated group is accusing France of endangering the lives of a half-dozen French hostages by helping to organize a military intervention in Mali instead of negotiating for the hostages' release. The accusation, in an online video, came from Abdel Hamid Abu Zeid, a battle-hardened Algerian who leads the most active of three squads of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the terrorist group's affiliate in the Sahel region of northern Africa.
October 30, 2012 |
ALGIERS, Algeria - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought Algeria's assistance Monday for any future military intervention in Mali, pressing the North African nation to provide intelligence - if not boots on the ground - to help rout the al-Qaeda-linked militants across its southern border. Clinton, on the first stop of a five-day trip overseas, met with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as the United States and its allies ramped up preparations to fight northern Mali's breakaway Islamist republic.
December 12, 2012 |
BAMAKO, Mali - Soldiers arrested Mali's prime minister and forced him to resign before dawn Tuesday, showing that the military remains the real power in this troubled West African nation despite handing back authority to civilians after a March coup. The ouster comes as the United Nations considers backing a military intervention in Mali, a once-stable country now in turmoil. By late Tuesday, a new prime minister had been named, but the developments drew international rebuke and raised questions on the viability of the military operation, which would use the country's military to try to take back Mali's north from Islamic extremists.
April 18, 1986
The President's actions against Libya and his efforts to fund a wider war in Central America are ominous for the people of those lands and for Americans. Although the policies are presented to the American people in terms of abstract international imperatives, the reality is intensely human. More than 100 Libyans and tens of thousands of Nicaraguans on both sides of the contra war have been killed, injured and displaced. More military action in the Middle East and further funding of the contras will certainly multiply the suffering.
January 26, 2013 |
SEVARE, Mali - Islamic extremists based in the Malian town of Ansongo have destroyed a bridge near the Niger border, officials said Friday, marking the first use of explosives by the insurgents since the start two weeks ago of a French-led military intervention. The explosion shows that the extremists remain a nimble and daunting enemy, despite gains by the French, who have recaptured three towns from the insurgents and pushed Friday toward the Islamist stronghold of Gao, one of three provincial capitals controlled by the al-Qaeda-linked rebels.