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President Hollande said France's goals in Mali were: "stop[ping] the terrorist aggression... making Bamako safe... and enabling Mali to recover its territorial integrity." The French force in Mali is now about 800 troops and will be built up to 2,500. French troops will be used in the second phase of the operation, expelling Islamists from the main towns. Hollande said some rebels could be taken prisoner but the aim was to "destroy" them.
The defense minister said the military intervention in Mali was "developing favorably." The foreign minister said the intervention would last a "matter of weeks" and that the French had no intention of staying in Mali. France has deployed about 550 troops to Bamako, the capital, and Mopti. The al Qaeda-linked MUJAO threatened retaliation against French interests "everywhere."
Security was heightened in France after the French military began helping to repel the Islamist advance in Mali. The Islamist militants warned that France would pay a price for its intervention in Mali. President Hollande said France would not give in to "terrorist blackmail." The Foreign Ministry stepped up security in Mauritania, Niger, and the Malian capital of Bamako; eight French nationals are being held hostage by Islamists in the Sahel.
French forces launched an airstrike in central Mali to assist the Malian army repel the advance of al Qaeda-linked fighters. European soldiers landed by transport airplane in Sevare, near the city of Mopti. French citizens have been advised to leave Mali.
Three Kurdish women, including a cofounder of the PKK, were killed in Paris. Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, a former head of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Factions, will be freed from prison provided he is expelled from France. Abdallah received a life sentence in 1984 for the Paris murders of a US military attaché and an Israeli diplomat and an assassination attempt on an American consul in Strasbourg.
The top antiterrorism judge warned that French Muslims from Africa have "found their jihad" in Mali, and said authorities are currently investigating four Malian terrorist cells, most involving dual nationals. He also said that the Internet has enabled female jihadists to take on a full role.