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Timeline of French-led Mali military intervention

Monday - 1/21/2013, 11:32am  ET

A Malian soldier walks inside an military camp used by radical Islamists and bombarded by French warplanes in Diabaly, Mali, some 460kms (320 miles) North of the capital Bamako Monday Jan. 21, 2013. French and Malian troops were in the city whose capture by radical Islamists prompted the French military intervention in the first place. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

The Associated Press

A timeline of the French-led military intervention in Mali, which is now in its second week:

Jan. 10 -- Islamists push south and seize the central Malian town of Konna, marking the furthest south they have ventured since taking control of northern Mali's main cities following a March 2012 coup in Bamako, the capital in Mali's south.

Jan. 11 -- France launches a military operation in Mali to oust the armed Islamist extremists. French President Francois Hollande vows that the operation will last "as long as necessary."

Jan. 12 -- Nations in West Africa authorize the deployment of troops to Mali, fast-forwarding a military intervention that was not due to start until September.

Jan. 14 -- The Islamists seize Diabaly, a town even further south than Konna.

Jan. 17 -- First West African forces arrive in Mali to the aid the French-led intervention.

Jan. 18 -- Malian authorities say Konna has been retaken from the Islamists.

Jan. 21 -- French and Malian forces control the town of Diabaly after Islamists flee following French air strikes.


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