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Fighting erupts after
car bombing in Mali

Reuters, by Tiemoko Diallo & Adama Diarra

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Posted By:BuckeyeRon, 3/31/2013 11:44:29 AM

Bamako-Malian soldiers backed by French fighter jets battled Islamist rebels in Timbuktu on Sunday after insurgents used a car bomb as cover to infiltrate the northern desert town overnight, sources said. (Snip) The attack reflected the challenge of securing Mali as France prepares to reduce its troop presence and hand over to the ill-equipped Malian army and a more-than 7,000-strong regional African force. Mali´s defense ministry said on Saturday that two Nigerian soldiers in the regional African force were killed when their convoy struck a mine outside Ansongo, near the Niger border. France launched its intervention in Mali
Headline resplit by Staff.

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The forgotten battle against Al Qaeda where African military troops are dying...Nigeria commands the regional combat troops and lost another two of its own even as they spent $46million of its treasure to match the early US contribution of $98milliion in the fight...

*(Writing by Richard Valdmanis)

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: uno, 3/31/2013 11:59:01 AM     (No. 9252534)

bbbbut the Obamboozler sez "Al Qaeda has been decimated"

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Reply 2 - Posted by: horacer, 3/31/2013 12:39:06 PM     (No. 9252585)

Holding ground and winning the guerilla war was always going to be to the tough part of this fight. The Malian army and the West African force have never deployed to the north. The islamists and smugglers know every nook and cranny of the landscape. I still think it´s going to take a lot more troops. Well trained, well armed troops.

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