Mali's Islamic leaders praise French campaign

The Sydney Morning Herald 23 January 2013

Mali's Islamic leaders praised the French-led intervention to oust insurgents controlling two-thirds of the West African nation as the US said it was ready to offer support to the mission.

"The intervention of France in Mali has nothing to do with a fight against Islam," Mohamoud Dicko, president of the Islamic High Council of Mali, told reporters in Bamako, the capital, today. "It is a fight against crime and terrorism." (continue reading...)