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French military: 11 jihadists killed, French soldier wounded during operation in northern Mali
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, January 24, 2014 12:12 PM EST
A French military spokesman says 11 jihadists have been killed and a French soldier was wounded during a military operation in northern Mali.
At least 19 radical Islamic militants were killed in December as the French military seeks to flush them out of their desert hideouts.
Al-Qaida and other extremists seized control of northern Mali in 2012 and were ousted from power in the major towns by a French-led operation one year ago.
A defense agreement between France and the Malian government is due to be signed in coming days that could permit France to establish a military base in its former colony.