Malians tell of jihadi horror as French push on

The Sydney Morning Herald 4 February 2013
By Marc Bastian and Boureima Hama

TIMBUKTU: France says it has carried out air strikes near Kidal, the last bastion of armed extremists in Mali's desert north, as residents of Gao, the largest town previously held by the Islamists, spoke of their resistance to its brutal occupation.

An army spokesman said 30 warplanes had bombed training and logistics centres run by Islamist extremists overnight on Sunday (continue reading...)