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France ready to start Mali withdrawal

France ready to start Mali withdrawal

France is still ready to start pulling its forces out of Mali next month despite a rebel attack on the key town of Gao, the French commander of the defence staff says.

French, Malian troops secure rebel strongpoint

French, Malian troops secure rebel strongpoint

French and Malian troops have secured the north Mali town of Bourem, tightening their control over areas where Islamist insurgents have been launching guerrilla attacks to harass the French-led military operation.

Troops battle rebels in north Mali town

Troops battle rebels in north Mali town

French and Malian troops have fought running gun battles with Islamist rebel guerrillas in the north Mali town of Gao, in clashes that showed up big gaps in security in a zone recently recaptured by a French-led military offensive.

April eyed for UN peacekeeping force in Mali

April eyed for UN peacekeeping force in Mali

France wants the African-led military mission in Mali to be replaced with a United Nations peacekeeping mandate by April, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says.

French troops deployed in last Mali rebel strongholds

French troops deployed in last Mali rebel strongholds

French troops have seized the airport in Mali's northern town of Kidal, the last urban stronghold held by Islamist insurgents, as they move to wrap up the first phase of a military operation to wrest northern Mali from rebel hands.

French, Malians secure Timbuktu

French, Malians secure Timbuktu

French and Malian troops were restoring government control over the fabled Saharan trading town of Timbuktu on Sunday, the latest gain in a fast-moving French-led offensive against al Qaeda-allied fighters occupying northern Mali.

US to provide aerial refuelling for Mali offensive

US to provide aerial refuelling for Mali offensive

The United States has agreed to fly tankers to refuel French jet fighters and bombers attacking al Qaeda-affiliated militants who have established a foothold in northern Mali, US defense officials say.

Mali forces push towards rebel stronghold

Mali forces push towards rebel stronghold

French-backed government forces have advanced into northern Mali towards the Islamist rebel stronghold of Gao, recapturing the town of Hombori and forcing al Qaeda-allied fighters to pull back under relentless French air strikes.

Forces advance in Mali as US provides airlift

Forces advance in Mali as US provides airlift

Chadian forces have advanced towards the Malian border as an African troop deployment and a US military airlift swelled international support for French operations against Islamist rebels occupying the north of Mali.

French troops inch forward in Mali

French troops inch forward in Mali

French troops in armoured vehicles have advanced towards a central Malian town abandoned by Islamist rebels after days of air strikes, moving cautiously for fear of guerrilla-style counterattacks by the al Qaeda-linked fighters.

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