Saturday, 12 January 2013

French army starts military operations to support Mali troops countering Islamist rebels offensive

French President Francois Hollande announced on Friday, January 11, 2013, that French forces have launched military intervention in support of Malian troops countering Islamist rebels' offensive. "We are faced with a blatant aggression that is threatening Mali's very existence. France can not accept this," said the French head of state.
Fighters from the Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group MUJWA stand guard in northern Mali. Rebel fighters have taken control of the strategic town of Douentza.
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