French Strikes Kill 100 in Mali
Militants, soldiers killed in strategic town of Konna
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2013 2:35 PM CST
French Mirage 2000 D aircraft fly to N'Djamena overnight January 11 to 12, after taking off from the French military base of Nancy.    (AP Photo/ R.Nicolas-Nelson, Ecpad)

(Newser) – French airstrikes in Mali have killed more than 100 people in the key town of Konna, including Islamist militants and government soldiers, Reuters reports. "We have driven them out, we are effectively in Konna," said a Malian official after 30 vehicles carrying rebels were reportedly bombed. "We don't know if they have planted mines or other traps, so we are moving with caution. There were many deaths on both sides."

A Konna shopkeeper tallied 148 dead in four areas around the town, including dozens of Malian soldiers. Meanwhile a resident of Gao, a town held by the MUJWA Islamists, said militants were carting their dead over yesterday. "Electric power is available at the mortuary, which is not always the case," he said. "And the Islamists have bought plenty of burial mats." France launched the attacks yesterday in a bid to help the Malian government gain ground against al-Qaeda-linked militants who have taken over much of northern Mali.

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Jan 13, 2013 7:37 AM CST
Suddenly there is a new word in our lexicon. It is Islamist. It was politically IN-correct to say that the western governments were having a war against Muslims so we reclassified Muslims to be Islamists. Now we can kill Islamists wherever they are. Personally I think it is a good idea to kill Islamists because they started the wars first. They forbid educating their children especially girls. They rape girls and women and then send the girls and women to prison or cut off their heads for having sex with men that are not their husband. They cut out girls' clitorises. They do not immunize their people against preventable diseases thus causing these diseases to spread around the world. They kill Christians and Jews in their Islamist territories just because they are Christians or Jews. They destroy non Islamist icons and monuments. I bet President Mohamed Morsi will start to have the Egyptians destroy all the pyramids in Egypt, stone by stone. Then he will demolish the Sphinx.
Jan 12, 2013 9:51 PM CST
The WHO did WHAT?
Jan 12, 2013 7:16 PM CST
in the world of africa are we backing the good guys or just those on our side.