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.|