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January 21, 2013 2:06 am

French Defense Minister: We Are Aiming for Total Reconquest in Mali

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French soldiers in Bamako, Mali. Photo: Wiki commons.

BBC – France’s military aim in Mali is its “total reconquest”, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said.

“We will not leave any pockets” of resistance, he told French television.

France has sent in 2,000 troops to help Malian forces fight Islamist militants who now control the northern half of the country.

Mr Le Drian said the former Islamist stronghold of Diabaly had not yet been retaken, even though the militants withdrew from the town two days ago.

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