France launches major offensive on Mali Islamists

A French force of 1,000 soldiers in a major offensive has swept a valley thought to be a logistics base for al Qaeda-linked Islamists near the Malian city of Gao, an AFP journalist accompanying the mission reported.

France launches major offensive on Mali Islamists

A French force of 1,000 soldiers has begun a sweep of a river valley thought to be a logistics base for armed Islamists near the Malian city of Gao, a journalist accompanying the mission said.

France in `direct combat` in Mali within hours

French troops pressed northward in Mali toward territory occupied by radical Islamists, military officials said.

US helping France with intelligence inputs on Mali

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta says the US is providing intelligence-gathering assistance to the French in their assault on Islamist extremists in Mali.

Briton held while trying to join Mali Islamists

A 30-year-old Briton has been arrested by Mauritanian security forces in western Africa when he tried to join armed Islamist groups in Mali, Xinhua reported.

Mali Islamists ‘destroying’ mausoleums in Timbuktu

Islamists in Mali have started destroying remaining mausoleums in the historic city of Timbuktu.