France deployed a convoy of armoured tanks towards Mali’s restive north from the capital Bamako on Tuesday, as part of an expanding joint Malian-French offensive to retake the region from Islamist rebels.
A convoy of French tanks rolled towards Mali’s restive north on Tuesday as part of a growing Malian-French offensive to retake the region from Islamist rebels. Earlier in the day, France’s defence ministry also announced plans to increase the number of troops it has on the ground to 2,500.
French troops will be in direct combat with islamist forces "within hours" as they push north in Mali, says French army chief—
BBC Africa (@BBCAfrica) January 16, 2013
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