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article image'Al-Qaeda' base found and dismantled in northern Mali

By Sami Zaatari     Mar 8, 2013 in World
France's Defence Minister has claimed that French forces have located and dismantled a major base belonging to AQIM (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghrib).
According Jean-Yves Le Drian a "very impressive" amount of weapons were found at the base, located in Northern Mali, in a place called Ametetai.
Describing what was found in the camp, the minister gave the following more details:
We knew this part of Mali was potentially the sanctuary of AQIM (al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb), and we weren't wrong...We're dealing with resolute and heavily-armed terrorists, who are engaging in significant fighting, and we have been able to inflict heavy damage on them.
The minister also added that French forces were still engaged with militants around the northern city of Gao.
France began their campaign in Mali almost 2 months ago now, with the aim of dislodging militants outside Northern Mali's main cities, their campaign has thus far been successful with militants being routed from several of their strongholds. The French have also suffered minimal casualties in the conflict, with a total of 4 French soldiers being killed.
Alongside France, several neighbouring African countries have also lent their military support against militants in Mali.
Before the military assault, militants from a number of groups including AQIM, enjoyed wide control in northern parts of Mali, establishing bases and camps.
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