French troops repel Mali rebels

Africans speed up intervention

Posted: January 13, 2013 at 4:07 a.m.

French Mirage 2000D fighters bound for action in Mali refuel after scrambling from a base in neighboring Chad in this photo released by the French army.

The battle to retake Mali’s north from the al-Qaida-linked groups controlling it began in earnest Saturday after hundreds of French forces deployed to the country and began aerial bombardments to drive back the Islamic extremists.

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