French Rafales Bomb Rebel-Held Northern Mali

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French Rafale fighters destroyed multiple targets in northeastern Mali near Gao Jan. 13, striking rebel-held training camps and logistics depots.

Four Dassault-built multirole combat aircraft took off from Saint-Dizier in northeastern France Sunday to reinforce French support for Malian forces fighting an advance by Islamist separatists on the central town of Konna.

"The aim of France is to lead a relentless struggle against terrorist groups, preventing any new offensive of these groups to the south of Mali, threatening the stability of this friendly country and reducing their capacity wherever it is needed," the French defense ministry said in a Jan. 13 statement, adding that military action in the region will continue as necessary.

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