More Than 100 Dead in French Strikes

    This picture released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows French Mirage 2000 D aircraft flying to N'Djamena overnight January 11 to 12, after taking off from the French military base of Nancy. The battle to retake Mali's north from the al-Qaida-linked groups controlling it began in earnest Saturday, after hundreds of French forces deployed to the country and began aerial bombardments to drive back the Islamic extremists from a town seized earlier this week. (AP Photo/ R.Nicolas-Nelson, Ecpad)

    French aircraft en route to Mali. (Ecpad, via AP)

    At least 100 people—including rebels and government soldiers—were killed in Mali during French airstrikes over the town of Konna, according to the Malian military. One Army officer reported that nearly 30 vehicles carrying Islamic rebel forces had been hit. Malian Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Diaran Kon told Reuters that the strikes were a success but the fighting is far from over. French troops arrived in Mali on Friday to help the African nation battle the approaching Islamic rebel forces. Neighboring West African states have sped up plans to deploy troops in an effort to prevent Islamist rebels from expanding power. 

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