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Jan 16, 2013 | 10:48 GMT

Mali: French Troops Head North, Defense Minister Says

French troops in Mali are heading north toward territory held by militants, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told RTL radio Jan. 16, adding that operations were proving highly difficult in some areas, AFP reported. Groups in the country's west are more difficult to fight, he said, adding that the fighting continues and will be long. The current operation began as a reaction to a Jan. 7 rebel offensive.

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