Israel applauds France's Mali mission

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Associated Press

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 6:05 AM

MUNICH (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is applauding France's decision to send combat troops to help Mali's forces fight Islamic extremists, saying it will be a deterrent to others.

Barak told a gathering of the world's top diplomats and defense officials in Munich that he salutes France's leaders for their swift action.

He says: "the French leadership has not just analyzed what should be done, but go out there but has gone out and done it — that's a very good example for the world and quite a deterring signal for the bandits and terrorists of the world."

The French launched their military operation to oust the extremists three weeks ago, and have since taken back the three main northern cities ruled by the rebels for about 10 months.

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