French Ground Forces Battle Malian Rebels


French soldiers have engaged in their first ground combat with Islamist fighters after days of air strikes, as African troops arrive in Bamako.

VIDEO: Malian Army Secures Central Town of Konna

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French army helicopters in the Malian desert.

  • Mali:  French Ground Forces Engage in First Combat

    Magharebia, 16 January 2013

    Malian and French ground forces see their first combat as air strikes continue to pound terrorists in northern Mali. read more »

  • Mali:  Thousands Flee Mali As Air Strikes Continue

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 16 January 2013

    Fear and rumour are rife in Mali as French military air strikes against Islamist militants continued for the sixth day in the centre and north of the country. read more »

  • Mali:  French Troops Set for Ground Combat in Mali

    Radio France Internationale, 16 January 2013

    France's army chief says French troops have begun a ground offensive in Mali and will be in direct combat with Islamist rebels soon. read more »

  • Mali:  Fierce Fighting Will Open New Dangers

    AfricaFocus, 15 January 2013

    "Three things emerge from the haze. First, fierce fighting in the North and the East, with French forces in the lead, will open up a whole new set of dangers. With Islamist forces ... read more »

  • Mali:  France Ramps Up Mali Intervention

    Magharebia, 15 January 2013

    Thousands of French and African troops are on their way to Mali to push back an Islamist offensive. read more »

  • Nigeria:  France to Triple Mali Deployment to 2,500 Troops

    Vanguard, 15 January 2013

    France is planning to triple the size of its force in Mali to a total of 2,500 troops, defence sources said Tuesday in the clearest sign yet that Paris is preparing for a drawn-out ... read more »

  • Mali:  Algeria Supports French Operation in Nation

    Magharebia, 14 January 2013

    Algeria authorised French warplanes to use its airspace for bombing raids against rebels in neighbouring Mali, AFP quoted French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius as saying on Sunday ... read more »

  • Mali:  French Army Extends Airstrike to Mali's Northern Town

    The New Times, 15 January 2013

    The French air force on Sunday extended strike further north to Gao, one of the three major towns controlled by rebels in northern Mali, according to reports from local residents ... read more »