France says hundreds of al-Qaeda-linked fighters killed in operation, and adds its troops could pull out in March.
Hundreds of al-Qaeda-linked fighters have been killed since the beginning of French military operation in northern Mali, France’s defence minister has said. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the defence minister, said on wednesday that the 26-day military intervention had killed “several hundred” rebel fighters as its air and ground forces chased them from their northern strongholds into remote mountainous terrain in the far northeast, near the Algerian border.
The defence ministry said the fighters died in French air strikes on vehicles transporting fighters and equipment, and in “direct combat in Konna and Gao”, key central and northern towns.
From: Al Jazeera.net