France vows a buildup in Mali, seeks Arab aid

Posted: January 16, 2013 at 3:40 a.m.

French soldiers pass through Bamako, Mali’s capital, in armored personnel carriers Tuesday.

France carried out new airstrikes overnight against Islamist fighters in central Mali as Paris pledged Tuesday to commit more troops to a potentially protracted campaign against extremists pressing south from a jihadist state they have forged in the desert north of the country.

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