France has stepped up its involvement every day, after launching the first air raids last Friday in an effort to stop the rebels’ advance. On Thursday, it increased its troop strength to 1,400, said French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
‘‘The actions of French forces, be it air forces or ground forces, are ongoing,’’ said Le Drian in Paris.
After a meeting in Brussels of European Union foreign ministers,Mali’s foreign minister, Tieman Hubert Coulibaly, said it was necessary to mobilize ‘‘the entire international community’’ to help Mali and the region.
‘‘What is happening in Mali is a global threat,’’ Coulibaly said at a press conference.
Many US Officials Dispute Mali Militants Pose Any Threat
by John Glaser
January 17, 2013