Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Eleventh day of the intervention in Mali: Towards a "reconquest" total

Hour by hour, follow on 45eNord.ca the course of Day 11 of Operation Serval Mali.

(In hour from Montreal and, in parentheses, Paris time, for Bamako, subtract 1 hour Paris time):

7:45 (13:45)
The European Union has offered to host an international meeting on the ministerial Mali 5 February in Brussels.

7:00 (13:00)
The French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed in a statement Monday morning recovery "control cities and Diabali Douentza" in the center of the country.

6:45 (24:45)
So it should be understood today in the European Parliament, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, will not because of the weather.

"Situation in Mali: the debate between the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, and the Foreign Affairs Committee, was canceled due to bad weather," said the Parliament's website.

05:00 (11:00)
In Diabali, deminers into action and check some houses that have been captured by the rebels.

4:15 (10:15)
According to a journalist who accompanied a column of thirty armored vehicles in which was some 200 Malian and French troops entered the city Diabali at 10am (French time) without encountering resistance.Residents came out of their homes to greet the arrival of the soldiers.

2:53 (8:53)
Agence France Presse quoted a military source said that French and Malian soldiers were en route Monday morning to the city of Diabali taken a week ago by Islamists who had partly abandoned on January 17 after bombing French aviation.

The column of armored vehicles left the city at dawn Niono, 350 km northeast of Bamako.

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