July 12, 2012 / 1:39 PM / in 6 years

Military intervention in Mali "probable" - French formin

PARIS, July 12 (Reuters) - Military intervention by foreign powers in Mali is “probable,” France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday, to end unrest in the West African nation where al-Qaeda-linked militants control significant territory.

“At one moment or another there will probably be the use of force,” Fabius said, noting that intervention would be African-led but supported by international forces.

Regional and Western governments have compared the situation in Mali to Afghanistan, as a mix of local and foreign Islamists, including al-Qaeda-linked fighters, have hijacked a rebellion initially launched in January by secular Tuareg separatist rebels.

Reporting by John Irish, Writing By Alexandria Sage

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