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article imageFrance launches major new offensive against militants in Mali

By Sami Zaatari     Apr 8, 2013 in World
French military forces have launched one of their biggest operations in Mali today, with Operation Gustav. At least one thousand French soldiers are taking part in the operation.
The operation is taking place at a river valley near the city of Gao.
The river valley is believed to contain a major logistics base for militants operating in the area. The French military are using tanks, helicopters, drones, and airplanes according to General Bernard Barrera, who commands the French forces in Mali.
The French military have so far been involved in an almost 3 month long campaign in the country of Mali, with the aim of removing militants linked to Al-Qaeda and similar organisations.
The campaign has so far been successful with militants being dislodged from several towns and cities they occupied, though the militants still remain in the country, and have resorted to guerilla tactics.
Al-Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahari has also recently warned the French against their operation in Mali, saying the French would find themselves in the same position as the Americans in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
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