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France carries out air strike in Mali

Africa

Paris - France's air force carried out an air strike in Mali on Friday as it supported government forces trying to halt a push south by Islamist rebels who control the north, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

Asked at a news conference whether there had been an air strike since France began its military intervention a few hours earlier, Fabius replied, “Yes.”

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In this August 31, 2012 file photo, fighters from Islamist group Ansar Dine stand guard in Timbuktu, Mali.

He said as far as he knew France was the only country that was assisting the Malian government militarily for now. - Reuters

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