French Army Chief Says Troops Should Hunt Al Qaeda Beyond Mali's Borders

French army
chief Admiral Edouard Guillaud has said that French troops should
be allowed to pursue Al Qaeda-linked fighters beyond Mali,
where the French military has been engaged in operations against
Islamic militants since January this year.

Speaking to Europe 1 radio, Guillaud said, “I think we should
hunt them down everywhere. That’s why we are working with our
neighbours Niger, Burkina Faso, and Chad, and also cooperating with
Algeria so that there is no sanctuary for them.”


PARIS (Reuters) – French troops should be allowed to hunt
down al Qaeda-linked militants beyond Mali’s borders, French army
chief Admiral Edouard Guillaud said in a rare interview on

Nine months after they were scattered across the Sahara by waves
of French air strikes, Islamists in Mali are making a comeback –
naming new leaders, attacking U.N. peacekeepers and killing two
French journalists.

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