In Mali, coalition heads for Timbuktu

French, Malian forces advance against Islamist extremists in the north

Posted: January 28, 2013 at 4:26 a.m.

A Malian family’s taxi is searched at a checkpoint Sunday on the Gao road outside Sevare, Mali.

French and Malian forces pushed toward the fabled desert town of Timbuktu on Sunday, as the two-week-long French mission gathered momentum against the Islamist extremists who have ruled the north for more than nine months.

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Front Section, Pages 5 on 01/28/2013