Jan 13, 2013 — A French soldier and 17 Islamist rebels were killed in the raid to rescue a French hostage in Somalia, who is also believed to have died. The president's acknowledgment of the U.S. role in the raid came the same day as France said the U.S. provided "communications and transport" support for the ongoing French military action against Islamist rebels in Mali.
Feb 13, 2013 — French and Malian troops are searching houses in Gao, Mali, for explosive materials left by retreating Islamist militants, who regrouped to attack the town again last weekend.
Jan 14, 2013 — Looking to rout Islamist militants who might try to make Mali a base for terrorist operations elsewhere, French forces have been mounting air and ground attacks. The militants pushed back on Monday and said they would take the fight to French soil.