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BAMAKO – Malian
and French forces killed around 100 jihadists and took another 20 captive in a
joint operation this January in central Mali, the West African nation’s army
said in a statement on Tuesday.

It said the
campaign lasted from 2 January to 20 January and targeted areas bordering
Burkina Faso, where militant groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State (ISIS)
control large tracts of the remote desert and regularly carry out raids on the
army and civilians.

“The
purpose of this operation was to force the enemy out of its areas of
refuge,” the army said.

France has
more than 5 100 military personnel based in the West African Sahel region to
help counter the militants, an involvement that is facing increased opposition
at home and from some quarters in Mali.


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