Tuesday, January 15, 2013

France steps up Mali operation, Africans try to catch up

France hit Islamist rebels in Mali with fresh air strikes and deployed armored cars on Tuesday, stepping up its intervention in the West African state as regional allies struggled to accelerate their plans to send in troops.

Paris has poured hundreds of soldiers into Mali and carried out air raids since Friday in the northern half of the country, which was seized last year by an Islamist alliance combining al Qaeda's north African wing AQIM with Mali's home-grown MUJWA and Ansar Dine rebel groups.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/15/us-mali-rebels-idUSBRE90D0FX20130115