Operation Serval Timeline


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On Friday, Jan. 11, Islamic militants occupying northern Mali in West Africa advanced on a key town separating the government-controlled south from the northern part of the country, held by rebels since Spring 2012. France, Mali’s former colonizer, deployed air and ground forces alongside Malian forces to stop the advance, sparking wider fighting aimed at resolving the year-old conflict. Now the U.S. and European and other West African countries are joining the battle. What follows is a timeline for what the French call “Operation Serval,” updated as more information comes in.

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