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Algeria mali france islamist hostages defence

Algeria mali france islamist hostages defence

French Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian welcomes Malian Foreign Affairs Minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly before their meeting, on January 15, 2013 in Paris. Hundreds of Malian and French troops were en route today afternoon to the western town of Diabaly, which Islamists seized the day before, prompting airstrikes from French fighter jets overnight, witnesses said.

PATRICK KOVARIK