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French, Malian troops push north as African defence chiefs meet

French and Malian troops pushed north towards the key Islamist strongholds in northern Mali, as west African defence chiefs gathered in Ivory Coast Saturday to review plans to deploy a regional intervention forc

Saturday, 26 January, 2013, 5:15pm

Islamists flee as French troops push north

French troops have consolidated gains in Mali's Islamist-held north as Paris said the aim was its "total reconquest".

22 Jan 2013 - 4:13am

France increases troop numbers in Mali and prepares for assault

After a punishing bombing campaign failed to halt the advance of al-Qaeda-linked fighters, France pledged on Tuesday to triple the size of its force in Mali, sending in hundreds more troops as it prepared for a land assault to dislodge the militants occupying the northern half of the country.

16 Jan 2013 - 11:09am