A 2015 peace deal is aimed at resolving the causes of a 2012 revolution in northern Mali.
French troops are deployed across North and West Africa to tackle militant groups.
Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi led the destruction of nine historic shrines and a 15th-century mosque.
Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi is the first person to enter a guilty plea at the ICC.
The presenter, known as Ras Bath, suggested jihadis are on the front foot against Mali armed forces.
Militants have killed 68 U.N. peacekeepers in Mali in the past three years, but the blue helmets aren't giving up yet.
Al-Qaeda's North Africa branch said it did battle with "crusader occupation forces" in northern Mali.
Cultural heritage destruction, like the Sufi mausoleums of Timbuktu, robs peoples of their identity.
Abu al-Nur al-Andalusi had previously encouraged Spanish Muslims to "join the jihad."
Beatrice Stockly was taken from her home in Timbuktu in January for the second time in four years.
The 900 detainees were questioned over various offences ranging from drug possession to traffic violations.
Three militant groups claimed responsibility for the November 20 incident, in which a number of foreign tourists were killed by gunmen at the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Bamako
Unknown jihadists attacked a luxury hotel in November, killing 20 people including many foreigners.
The attack on the luxury hotel in Mali's capital killed 20 people.
The claims of the relatively new militant group are considered to be the most credible
Twenty people plus two gunmen died in Friday's assault on the Radisson Blu hotel.
Mokhtar Belmokhtar has been a key figure in insurgencies across North Africa.