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  • French planes pound terrorist camps in north Mali desert February 4, 2013

    Paris/Bamako: French warplanes pounded Islamist rebel camps in the far north of Mali on Sunday, military sources said, a day after French President Francois Hollande was hailed as a saviour during a visit to the West African country. Thierry Burkhard, spokesman for the French army in Paris, said the overnight...
  • France in 'direct combat' in Mali within hours January 16, 2013

    Paris: French troops pressed northward in Mali toward territory occupied for months by militants on Wednesday, military officials said, announcing the start of a land assault that will put soldiers in direct combat "within hours." French ground operations began overnight in Mali, said Adm Edouard Guillaud, the French military chief...
  • France bombs Islamist stronghold in north Mali January 14, 2013

    Bamako: French fighter jets pounded an Islamist rebel stronghold deep in northern Mali on Sunday as Paris poured more troops into the capital Bamako, awaiting a West African force to dislodge al Qaeda-linked insurgents from the country's north. The attack on Gao, the largest city in the desert region controlled...