Militants in Mali have destroyed a strategic bridge to Niger

BAMAKO, Mali — Islamists have destroyed a strategic bridge leading to the Malian city of Gao, which is occupied by militants battling French forces attempting to stabilize the region.GlobalPost Senior Correspondent Tristan McConnell, who is in Bamako, Mali’s capital, said the bridge attack comes amid a powerful display of military might by the French. McConnell said convoys of French troops in dozens of trucks, armored cars, 4x4s, armored personnel carriers and light tanks are heading north through the country.”Local people waved, some brandishing homemade French flags, and cheered as the convoys snaked through towns,” he said.French air strikes, which began on Jan. 11, have halted a southward advance by Islamist militants, forcing them to retreat from the towns of Diabaly, Konna and Douentza. Now French and Malian forces are pushing forward, seeking to retake territory lost to the coalition of jihadist groups over the last 10 months.Continue Reading…

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Militants in Mali have destroyed a strategic bridge to Niger

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