Surge in militant attacks in Mali challenges French and UN forces


Mali, French and UN troops face attacks similar to those employed by Islamist militant movements Boko Haram in Nigeria and Somalia’s al-Shabaab.

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The lights of the French military base in the northern Malian city of Gao fade into the distance as a convoy of vehicles winds its way up the nearby Batal plateau to stop militants from using the area to fire rockets at the town, reports Bloomberg.