January 21, 2013

France Just Stopped al-Qaeda in Its Tracks

David Blair, Daily Telegraph

AP Photo

Five blackened and eviscerated pick-ups stood at the entrance to the town of Diabaly in central Mali, only four or five feet away from unscathed homes made of sun-baked mud. French troops in armoured vehicles swept past this evidence of their air force's prowess, seizing Diabaly a week after it fell to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). After capturing all of northern Mali and threatening to take the rest of the country, AQIM's loss of Diabaly marked their first clear defeat.

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TAGGED: Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Mali, France

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