Conflict Continues In Mali With Islamist Rebels

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A man reads a local newspaper reading ''Long live France!'' referring... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Adult,Armed Forces,Bamako,Blood,Community,Conflict,France,Horizontal,Islam,Mali,Men,Militant Groups,Military,Newspaper,Reading,Religion,WaitingPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA man reads a local newspaper reading ''Long live France!'' referring to France's military intervention as he waits to donate blood, on January 14, 2013 in Bamako. Islamists have retreated in the east of Mali but French forces are facing a difficult situation in the west of the country where rebels are well armed, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on January 14. France launched the operation alongside the Malian army on January 11, 2013 to counter a push south by the insurgents who had threatened to advance on the capital Bamako. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOG0 (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)