Jan 19, 2013
This Is the Arsenal Hitting Mali’s Militants
By air and by land, the French military is on the attack in the embattled West African state of Mali. Ten months after the takeover of the country's north by al-Qaida-affiliated Islamic militants, a sudden assault by rebel forces toward the capital of Bamako on Friday provoked a powerful response by France, Mali's former colonial ruler.
French drones scouted targets as warplanes dropped bombs and helicopter gunships launched missiles. Tanker planes supported the aerial armada while rented and borrowed airlifters hauled in troops and armored vehicles to Bamako. On Wednesday French and Malian ground forces headed north from the capital to do battle with the militants.
BY DAVID AXE- dangerroom