France Launches Mali Ground Offensive

Troops will be fighting Islamist rebels within hours, military says

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 16, 2013 3:39 AM CST | Updated Jan 16, 2013 7:35 AM CST

(Newser) – France has launched a ground operation in Mali, and its troops should be in direct combat with radical Islamists "within hours," military officials tell the AP. The incursion began overnight, with troops pressing from the capital into rebel-held northern territory. France also announced...   Read full story »

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