January 26, 2013 / 1:14 PM / 6 years ago

French special forces in action at Gao in Mali: officer

KONNA, Mali (Reuters) - French special forces were in action on Saturday at the Islamist rebel-held stronghold of Gao in northeast Mali, confronting “harassment” from rebel fighters, a French officer in Mali said on Saturday.

“The rebels have melted in to the local population. There is harassment. The operation is still under way. It is a bit complicated,” the officer, who asked not to be named, told Reuters. French aircraft were providing air support.

Reporting Rich Valdmanis and David Lewis; Writing by Pascal Fletcher

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