US orders diplomats' children out of Mali

The State Department has ordered the school-aged children of American personnel in Mali to leave the country amid continued security concerns two months after the U.S.-backed French intervention there.

The latest travel advisory warns against “all travel” to the West African nation, citing “ongoing fighting in northern Mali, fluid political conditions and continuing threats of attacks and kidnappings of westerners.” French forces entered the country in January to help rout Islamist militants who have taken over the northern half of the vast desert country.

The travel warning cautions against any travel outside the capital, Bamako, pointing out that the country remains under a state of emergency and many foreign companies and non-governmental organizations have suspended their operations in the country.