BOMBING RAID NORTH OF KIDAL:
The French air force has conducted these days of air strikes "fairly important" sites Islamist groups, said Thursday the Ministry of Defence. They were about a hundred kilometers north of Kidal (northeast of Mali).
"The strikes were important enough to the region Aguelhok," said the spokesman of the General Staff, Colonel Thierry Burkhard. "The targets were command centers, logistics depots, training centers," he said.
The French Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said Thursday morning that "jihadists have suffered heavy losses" since the beginning of the French military operation on 11 January. A detachment of about 1,400 Chadian soldiers also goes by road from the border with Niger, where he was positioned in the direction of Kidal, he said.
Asked about the possible presence of French troops in the city of Kidal, he stressed that "as Timbuktu and Gao, regain control localities is primarily the responsibility of African and Malian forces." French forces they control the "gateway" to the city, that is to say, the airport, he added.