Malian people welcome French soldiers Friday as they arrive in the city of Sevare, Mali, 385 miles north of Bamako. Mali's military and French forces pushed toward Gao on Friday, in their farthest move north and east since launching an operation two weeks ago to retake land controlled by the rebels, residents and a security official said Friday.
Malian people welcome French soldiers Friday as they arrive in the city of Sevare, Mali, 385 miles north of Bamako. Mali's military and French forces pushed toward Gao on Friday, in their farthest move north and east since launching an operation two weeks ago to retake land controlled by the rebels, residents and a security official said Friday.
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published Saturday, January 26th, 2013
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SEVARE, Mali — French and Malian forces took control of the radical Islamist stronghold of Gao on Saturday, marking a major advance in their bid to oust al-Qaida-linked extremists who have controlled northern Mali for months.

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