French continue Mali air strikes
on 21/01/2013 08:47:50
The report came as Mali's president thanked France for its military support in ousting the Islamists from some of their strongholds in northern and central Mali.
France said some 400 troops from Nigeria, Togo and Benin arrived in Bamako yesterday.
Troops from Chad, who are considered hardened fighters familiar with the desert-like terrain of northern Mali, also arrived in Mali.
France launched its military offensive on January 11, but has said that African nations must take the lead. A top official with the West African regional bloc said Sunday the cost of the African intervention could top 500 million US dollars (£315 million).