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  • A French soldier secures a perimeter on the outskirts of Diabaly, Mali, on Monday. French and Malian troops took control of the city whose capture by radical Islamists a week earlier prompted the French intervention. "We are truly really grateful to the French who came in the nick of time," a resident said. (Associated Press)

    French seize control of 2 key Mali towns

    French troops in armored personnel carriers rolled through the streets of Diabaly on Monday, winning praise from residents of this besieged town after Malian forces retook control with French help a week after radical Islamists invaded.


  • Malian soldiers are jubilant as they return to Niono, Mali, from Diabaly, some 300 miles north of the capital, Bamako, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Islamists flee Malian town after French airstrikes

    Burned-out vehicles and scattered bullets dotted the streets of a central Malian town after radical Islamists retreated following days of French airstrikes, according to video obtained Sunday.


  • French troops arrive at Bamako's airport on Jan. 17, 2013, as fighting raged in one Mali town, airstrikes hit another and army troops raced to protect a third on the seventh day of the French-led military intervention to wrest back Mali's north from al Qaeda-linked groups. (Associated Press)

    Aid groups warn they can't reach key Mali town

    Mali's military claimed Friday that it has held control of a key town where Islamic extremists had battled forces for a week, though aid groups warned they were unable to reach the area to provide humanitarian assistance.


  • A French legionnaire cleans the barrel of an armored vehicle at an undisclosed location north of the Malian capital, Bamako, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. French troops pressed northward in the West African country toward territory occupied by radical Islamists on Wednesday, military officials said, announcing the start of a land assault that will put soldiers in direct combat "within hours." (AP Photo/Arnaud Roine, French Army Communication Audiovisual Office [ECPAD])

    Airstrikes among surge in fighting in Mali towns

    Fighting raged in one Mali town, airstrikes hit another and army troops raced to protect a third, on the seventh day of the French-led military intervention to wrest back Mali's north from al Qaeda-linked groups.


  • ** FILE ** Joints Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey. (Associated Press)

    Dempsey: France formally asks for U.S. aid in Mali

    The French government has formally requested U.S. military assistance to combat al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the American Forces Press Service on Thursday.


  • Statoil's chief executive officer Helge Lund arrives at the center in Bergen, Norway, set up for relatives of the hostages in Algeria. Algerian troops and helicopter gunships stormed the gas facility where Islamic extremists were holding foreign hostages on Thursday. (Associated Press)

    Bloodshed 
in Algeria 
shows reach of terrorists

    The chaotic end of Algeria's hostage crisis at a natural-gas plant in the Sahara on Thursday highlights the broad front on which Islamic extremists can strike back against France's military intervention in Mali.


  • French troops stand guard along the road leading from Markala to Niono in central Mali on Wednesday as they pressed northward toward territory occupied by radical Islamists. In announcing the start of the land assault, military officials said soldiers would be in direct combat "within hours." (Associated Press)

    Mali: French troops begin land assault

    French troops pressed north in Mali toward territory occupied by radical Islamists on Wednesday, launching a land assault that will put soldiers in direct combat "in one to 72 hours," military officials said.


  • Fighters from the al Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine stand guard in Timbuktu, Mali, as they prepare to publicly lash a member of the Islamic Police found guilty of adultery. (Associated Press)

    Al Qaeda fighters carve out own country in Mali

    Deep inside caves, in remote desert bases, in the escarpments and cliff faces of northern Mali, Islamic extremist fighters have been burrowing into the earth, erecting a formidable set of defenses to protect what essentially has become al Qaeda's new country.


  • Claims of responsibility for Wednesday's attack on a gas field are tied to a group led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who had been a regional commander in northwestern Africa for al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. (intelcenter)

    Americans 
among 40 
seized by 
terrorists 
in Algeria

    Al Qaeda-linked terrorists seized as many as 40 hostages, including an unknown number of Americans, in a deadly attack Wednesday on a natural gas field party operated by BP in Algeria.


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