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Africa North
French forces advance on Timbuktu
[MAGHAREBIA] French-led troops were advancing on Timbuktu on Sunday (January 27th) after capturing a string of other towns in their offensive against Islamist militant groups in the north of the country, AFP reported.
Yesterday it was reported they had taken it...
French air strikes destroyed the home of Ansar al-Din chief Iyad Ag Ghaly in Kidal overnight. The air raids come 24 hours after French and Malian troops seized Gao.

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the troops were currently "around Gao and (will be) soon near Timbuktu".

Gao was under the control of the al-Qaeda-linked Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO). MUJAO said on Saturday it was ready to negotiate the release of French hostage Gilberto Rodriguez Leal. "The MUJAO is ready to negotiate the release of Gilberto," MUJAO spokesperson Walid Abu Sahraoui told AFP by telephone.

Meanwhile, African leaders were meeting in Addis Ababa on Sunday to discuss increasing the number of African troops to Mali.
Posted by:Fred

#5   elements of the 2me REP jumping in north of Timbuktu.

Is there a good place to follow this little war? Maps! I want maps.
Posted by: SteveS   2013-01-28 22:33  

#4  There's one for your scapbook - the FFL can actually say they WENT to Timbuktu. Too bad it's in ruins when they arrive. They probably can't even order a good glass of cognac. Hahahaha!!!
Posted by: Raider   2013-01-28 19:35  

#3  Stories will come from this little war. Good ones I hope.
Posted by: Shipman   2013-01-28 16:50  

#2  Cutting off supply and retreat routes?
Posted by: Steve White   2013-01-28 08:12  

#1  Unconfirmed reports of elements of the 2me REP jumping in north of Timbuktu.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy   2013-01-28 07:58