They Are Barbarian People (France Intervenes To Stem Jihadi Advance In Mali)

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CNN's Tim Lister has more on France and how it will be involved in the Mali conflict.Would you like to know more?Mali Islamists much stronger than expected: France (expatica, Jan 13, 2013):"French forces in Mali have been taken by surprise by the fighting strength of the Islamist radicals they are attempting to drive out of the centre of the country, it emerged on Sunday. Aides to President Francois Hollande admitted the militants were better equipped, armed and trained than they had expected..."France determined to 'eradicate' terrorism in Mali, official says (CNN, Jan 13, 2013):"As a new round of French military raids targeted Islamist rebels in Mali on Sunday, both sides of the battle said they were determined to win. French fighter jets bombed rebel training camps and other targets in northern Mali on Sunday, the French Defense Ministry said in a statement. "France's goal is to lead a relentless struggle against terrorist groups," the ministry said..."French troops continue operation against Mali Islamists"French forces have continued to launch air strikes against Islamist militants in Mali and sent troops to protect the capital, Bamako. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said army units had attacked a column of rebels heading towards the central town of Mopti. He also revealed that a French pilot had been killed in fighting. The French troops were deployed on Friday after Mali's army lost control of a strategically important town. Mali's government said its forces had recaptured the town, Konna, after the air strikes..."State of emergency declared in Mali"State military forces on Friday retook a key town in northern Mali after intense fighting that included help from French military forces, a defense ministry spokesman said."Today, we have recaptured Konna," said the spokesman, Diaran Kone, at a briefing played over state radio. The Mali city of Konna had been seized by Islamist forces on Thursday as they pushed southward from their strongholds in the desert of northern Mali."The fighting lasted for not more than two, maybe three hours; Konna was recaptured with the assistance of French, Nigerian and Senegalese troops this afternoon," said Kone. "All measures were used, including the drones given by France.""Strategy Session To Help Mali Being Held In Nigeria A Ticking Time Bomb Cradle Of Terrorism In The Region Descends Upon Mali northern Mali, Islamists' attacks against civilians grow more brutal (WP, Dec 11, 2012):"On a sweltering afternoon, Islamist police officers dragged Fatima Al Hassan out of her house in the fabled city of Timbuktu. They beat her up, shoved her into a white pickup truck and drove her to their headquarters. She was locked up in a jail as she awaited her sentence: 100 lashes with an electrical cord ... Hassan was being punished for giving water to a male visitor."Daily Life in Islamist Northern Mali"Sharia law has been in effect there since last spring, when fundamentalists took control of a large part of the country, which had been considered a model nation until then. The fundamentalists stone adulturers, amputate limbs and squelch all opposition. They have destroyed tombs in Timbuktu that were recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. Despite the risks, Paul Hyacinthe Mben, 39, a SPIEGEL employee and journalist in the capital Bamako , which is not yet under Islamist control, ventured into northern Mali."Mali Islamists destroy tombs in Timbuktu food day: Mali hunger crisis deepens Security Council seeks detailed Mali military intervention plan grows as Mali extremists compile list of unmarried mothers and Killings Shake an Embattled Mali Islamists take over town as chaos continues Two stoned to death for committing adultery in Mali

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