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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:34 PM

Mali Rebels Advance Despite French Air Strikes

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Source: Al Jazeera

Rebels have grabbed more territory in Mali, inching closer to the capital despite intensive aerial bombardments by French warplanes, French and Malian authorities have said.

The al-Qaeda-linked rebels overran the garrison village of Diabaly in central Mali, France's defence minister said in Paris on Monday.
Jean-Yves Le Drian said the rebels "took Diabaly after fierce fighting and resistance from the Malian army that couldn't hold them back"'.

The Malian military is in disarray and has let many towns fall with barely a shot fired since the insurgency began almost a year ago in the northwest African nation. French military forces, who began battling in Mali on Friday, widened their aerial bombing campaign against the rebels occupying northern Mali, launching airstrikes for the first time in central Mali to combat the new threat.

Al Jazeera's correspondent Nazanine Moshiri, reporting from the capital Bamako, said: "There are reports of about 60 fighters being killed thus far while Doctors without Borders say they are very concerned about the lives of civilians in the region."




Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2013/01/201311413431010619.html

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 02:06 PM

1. "fierce fighting"

Elsewhere you may find that the "rebels" used all of 15 pick ups to achieve this which I guess means there was about 100 of them. It seems the Malian military are either that in name only or are completely unsupported by the locals.

Air strikes are more likely to harm the civilian population I'd say.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 02:30 PM

2. Mali will soon be under sharia law.

 

Think of it like Iran ... Just without the charm.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 02:54 PM

3. Locking, sorry, this is a duplicate. Please continue discussion and post updates here:

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