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.
- President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou confirms that French special forces are protecting one of the country's biggest uranium mines, owned by the French company Areva. They are also said to be "strengthening security".
- Suspected Islamic militants take over a BP facility in In Amenas, Algeria, killing at least 2 workers and taking up to 40 others hostage, including 13 Norwegians, a number of Americans, as well as nationals from Ireland, Japan, France and the United Kingdom. A previously unknown group allied to al-Qaeda's regional branch says the attack is in revenge for Algeria's support of the French operation against Islamic rebels in Mali.