The New York Slimes calls the Malian jihadists “rebels”
PARIS â€” Despite intensive airstrikes by French warplanes, Islamist fighters overran a strategic village and military post in centralÂ Malion Monday, offering an indication that the war against
extremistsholy Â Muslim warriors who have carved out a jihadist state in the nation’s north could be a long and difficult one.
Paris is determined to shatter Islamist domination of northern Mali, which many fear could become a launchpad for terrorism attacks on the West and a base for coordination withÂ al QaedaÂ in Yemen, Somalia and North Africa.
BAMAKO/PARIS (Reuters) – Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels launched a counteroffensive inÂ MaliÂ on Monday after four days of French air strikes on their northern strongholds, seizing the central town of Diabaly and promising to dragÂ FranceÂ into a brutal Afghanistan-style war.
A photo posted in the Twitter account of the Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab shows the body of a French soldier who died during a botched French commando operation to free a French hostage on Friday.
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OTTAWA – Canada is contributing one of its large C-17 military cargo planes to deliver supplies to the capital of Mali after a request from France.
But Prime Minister Stephen Harper insists no Canadian Forces personnel will be involved in any combat action in the landlocked West African country. And he says the transport plane commitment will be short.
An al-Qaida-linked group has seized the northern part of Mali and is advancing south.Â Read more>>: