Wednesday, January 23, 2013

U.S., Africa say Mali action counters growing Islamist threat

The United States and African leaders threw their full diplomatic weight on Wednesday behind a campaign to expel Islamist rebels from Mali, as French air strikes harried the al Qaeda-allied fighters in their strongholds.

For nearly two weeks, French jets and helicopters have been hitting carefully selected targets around rebel-held Malian towns such as Gao and Timbuktu, while African troops gather for a planned ground offensive against the Islamist forces.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/23/us-mali-rebels-idUSBRE90M16T20130123