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France bombed Mali rebels, pledges
Monday, January 14, 2012
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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said that France's
involvement in the campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali will last
"a matter of weeks".
On Sunday, French warplanes bombed the town of Gao in eastern
Mali, extending their raids deep into rebel territory.
France's military has been in action against Islamist militants in Mali
since Friday, helping government forces recapture the central town
France has called a meeting of the UN Security Council on Mali for
Speaking to French media, Mr Fabius rejected any parallel with the
protracted Western mission in Afghanistan.
"Later on, we can come as back-up, but we have no intention of
staying forever," he said.
Mr Fabius said that had France not intervened, there was a risk that
the Islamists could have advanced as far as the capital, Bamako,
with "appalling consequences". BBC