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Mali: Islamists fighters leave their strongholds
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Islamists rebels are being driven out of their strongholds Gao and
Timbuktu following France's intervention. The insurgents had been
occupying both towns since April 2012. The withdrawal is only a
"tactical retreat" according to a spokesman for Ansar Dine militant
group.

French airstrikes chased out rebels in Gao but bombings
didn't target Timbuktu. In any case, the mujahideens fled to the west of
Mali. But in a counter-attack on Monday, the fighters took the town of
Diabaly, 400k north of Bamako.

There is no official death toll
but at least 11 Malian soldiers were killed and 60 injured. A French
pilot died on the second day of the operation near the central town of
Mopti.

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Added: Jan-15-2013 Occurred On: Jan-15-2013
By: CptSpaulding
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Tags: French, Airstrikes, in, Mali
Location: Mali (load item map)
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