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France wrapping up military mission in Mali, launching anti-terrorist push with wider reach
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, July 13, 2014 11:11 AM EDT
France's defense minister says the French military operation in Mali "fulfilled its mission" and is being reorganized into a regional force against terrorists across northwest Africa.
While French-led forces dispersed extremists and the U.N. established a peacekeeping force, sporadic violence continues. Meanwhile, concern has mounted about links between Mali's fighters and Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Europe-1 radio Sunday that the French force will become a 3,000-strong regional operation focused on fighting terrorists and based in Mali, Chad and Niger.