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

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”.

Full article here [1]