France rejects a demand by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb to leave Afghanistan in return for the freeing of French and African hostages kidnapped in Niger.
Paris says its foreign policy will not be dictated by others after al-Qaeda demanded that its troops leave Afghanistan.
- Al Jazeera
- For the first time in nearly eighteen months, a sign of life appears of four French nationals kidnapped by Al-Qa'eda in Arlit, Niger. A videotape shows them healthy; they ask France to negotiate their release.
- French authorities seek to make contact with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb over the kidnapping of five French nationals and two others in Niger, now believed to have been taken to northern Mali.
- Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claims responsibility for kidnapping five French workers in Niger.
- Boko Haram and al-Qaeda kill four security force personnel in two separate attacks in Niger.
- France formally confirms death of Islamist commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, a senior al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in February, after DNA tests.