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France aiming for ‘total reconquest’ of Mali, French foreign minister says

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Freya Petersen
Global Post [1]
Jan 21, 2013

France — a former colonial power in West Africa — is aiming for a “total reconquest” of Mali in its military offensive against militants there, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says.

The comment came as French troops consolidated gains in Mali’s Islamist-held north as part of their advance on Al Qaeda-linked militants.

According to News.com.au [2], they are closing in on the mountainous region of Kidal, 930 miles from Bamako, near the border with Algeria.

The BBC cited [3] Le Drian as saying that the town of Diabaly, formerly a militant stronghold, had not yet been retaken, however, “everything points to a favourable evolution of the situation in Diabaly in the coming hours”.

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[1] Global Post: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/130120/france-aiming-total-reconquest-mali-french-foreign-minister-says

[2] According to News.com.au: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/world/french-troops-advance-towards-malis-north/story-e6frfkui-1226557851553#ixzz2IZGCQDrD

[3] The BBC cited: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21109925

[4] France imposes media blackout on Mali war: http://www.prisonplanet.com/france-imposes-media-blackout-on-mali-war.html

[5] Mali: jihadist fighters melt away as French begin to regain control: http://www.prisonplanet.com/mali-jihadist-fighters-melt-away-as-french-begin-to-regain-control.html

[6] U.S. begins transporting French troops, equipment to Mali: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-begins-transporting-french-troops-equipment-to-mali.html

[7] Former French Foreign Minister: Anglo-French Operations Against Assad “Prepared, Preconceived And Planned”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/former-french-foreign-minister-anglo-french-operations-against-assad-prepared-preconceived-and-planned.html

[8] France terror alert after Mali, Somali operations. Al Qaeda threatens hostages: http://www.prisonplanet.com/france-terror-alert-after-mali-somali-operations-al-qaeda-threatens-hostages.html

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