The French army made major inroads in the city of Daibaly, from where Islamists started to flee just a week after they captured it.
French troops on Wednesday began the latest round of operations against radical Islamists by launching a ground assault in Mali.
French forces led an all-night aerial bombing campaign to wrest control of a small Malian town from armed Islamist extremists.
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