Hollande Visits as French Army Continues Mali Strikes

France keeps up pressure in country's north via airstrikes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 3, 2013 8:19 AM CST
Hollande Visits as French Army Continues Mali Strikes
French President Francois Hollande speaks at Independence Place in central Bamako, Mali, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.   (Thomas Martinez)

(Newser) – France's Defense Ministry has said the country's military forces continued aerial strikes in northern Mali, just a few hours after a visit to the country by President Francois Hollande. French troops bombarded Islamist sites in Kidal and Tessalit in northern Mali overnight yesterday into today, according to a defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The official says "(the strikes) were targeting logistical arms and fuel depots near the Algerian border." He could not confirm that the latest attacks also targeted armed Islamist training camps. (Read more Mali stories.)

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