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Mali Military Inches Closer To Rebel Stronghold As Rebels Lose Anefis

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The Malian armed forces have successfully taken the village of Anefis from the Tuareg rebels, marking the army’s first victory without the help of French forces, officials on both sides said.

At least two people were killed in Wednesday’s clashes, with troops reported to be advancing towards the town of Kidal – the last rebel stronghold.

The mayor of Anefis said that the confrontation in Anefis began shortly after dawn, just west of the town.

Anefis is 113km south of Kidal, and the last locality before the provincial capital that serves as the base of the rebel National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, or NMLA.

The army has been inching towards Kidal for weeks, while the rebels have dug in and brought reinforcements, vowing to go to war if the military attempts to attack the strategic city.

NMLA leader Ibrahim Ag Mohamed Assaleh confirmed that on Wednesday, that their fighters were forced to retreat from Anefis, and that they lost the town to the country’s armed forces.

According to him, two of his fighters were killed in the early morning clashes, and one of their vehicles was destroyed.

In Mali’s capital of Bamako, army spokesman Lt. Col. Souleymane Maiga, who heads the army’s public relations office, also confirmed the taking of the town, but said that the death toll is likely going to rise.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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