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Mali attacks Islamists with foreign backing

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Malian government forces on Friday launched an offensive against Islamists who control the north of the country with backing from the French and other foreign military, military and political sources said. 

A fighter from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa in Gao, Mali, last July. Malian government forces on Friday launched an offensive against Islamists who control the north of the country with backing from the French and other foreign military, military and political sources said.

The counter attack was aimed at stemming advances made by Al-Qaeda-linked radicals who this week triggered international alarm with a push south towards the capital, Bamako, a military officer told AFP.

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