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Topic - Jean-Yves Le Drian
The United States does not need the permission of the United Nations or any other international body for a military strike against Syria to retaliate for its use of chemical weapons against civilians, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday.
France's defense minister said the military has killed "hundreds" of Islamist militants in Mali in the past month.
Neither France nor Europe will intervene militarily to oust al Qaeda and its allies from northern Mali — not even with airstrikes, the French defense minister said Tuesday.
In an interview with France-5 TV, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the air strikes in Mali had caused "significant" losses among the jihadists, and only minor skirmishes involved French forces on the ground.