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  • Mali and France 'push back Islamists'

    01/11/2013 10:14:58 PM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 January 2013 | Staff
    Government forces in Mali say they have regained territory from Islamist militants following air strikes by the French military. Malian officials said they had taken back the strategic central town of Konna, which rebels had secured just a day earlier as they pushed south. The news came hours after France announced it had begun military operations in support of Mali's army. Armed groups, some linked to al-Qaeda, took control of northern Mali in April.