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French, Malian troops push north as African defence chiefs meet

French troops in Mali. Photo: AP

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

A French soldier wearing a skeleton mask in Niono. Photo: AFP

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

French soldiers preparing for renewed military operations on Tuesday in Mali. Photo: Xinhua

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