Numerous Rebels Captured in Mali

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French forces have clashed with Islamist militants in the Mali town of Gao in a "real war" with "significant losses", the French Defence Minister has said. Jean-Yves Le Drian said jihadists had used rockets against French troops during fighting on Tuesday. He confirmed the first French casualties since a helicopter pilot was killed in the opening hours of the campaign. Mr Le Drian said there had been several French troops injured but that their wounds had been relatively light. It followed comments made by him that French troops had killed hundreds of Islamist fighters in Mali.

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