French encircle Malian town of Diabaly, Mali military claims recapture of other key city

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Associated Press

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 18 at 1:36 PM

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — French forces have surrounded a strategically important town in Mali as they try to stop Islamist extremists from striking closer to the capital.

A French official says troops are trying to cut off the rebels' supply lines into Diabaly (JAH'-bah-lee), a garrison town they have held since Monday.

Meanwhile, Mali's government says its army has chased the Islamists from the central city of Konna. France launched a military intervention a week ago to oust the rebels from power in the north after the rebels took the city.

The United Nations is warning that some 700,000 civilians could be displaced by the fighting. The UN refugee agency says those who have fled already say the rebels are offering "large amounts of money" to civilians to join their fight. The agency also says it has reports of the rebels using child soldiers and abducting people.

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201-a-15-(Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman, U.N.. high commissioner for refugees, at news conference)-"the neighboring countries"-U.N. refugee agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming worries there'll be a terrible rise in the number of refugees, not only within Mali but throughout Western Africa. (18 Jan 2013)

<<CUT *201 (01/18/13)>> 00:15 "the neighboring countries"

202-a-18-(Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman, U.N.. high commissioner for refugees, at news conference)-"and its supporters"-U.N. refugee agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming says many in Mali are shocked at the strict and brutal practices of the extremists. (18 Jan 2013)

<<CUT *202 (01/18/13)>> 00:18 "and its supporters"

203-a-17-(Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman, U.N.. high commissioner for refugees, at news conference)-"have just disappeared"-U.N. refugee agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming says Islamic extremists in Mali are almost certainly using child soldiers, and abducting ctizens. (18 Jan 2013)

<<CUT *203 (01/18/13)>> 00:17 "have just disappeared"

APPHOTO XJD102: An elderly man walks in the small village of Ngalamadisi near Banamba, Mali, some 140 kms (80 miles) north of the capital Bamako Friday Jan. 18, 2013. French troops encircled a key Malian town on Friday, trying to stop radical Islamists from striking against communities closer to the capital and cutting off their supply line, a French official said. The move around DIabaly came as French and Malian authorities said that the city whose capture prompted the French military intervention in the first place was no longer in the hands of the extremists.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay) (18 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO XJD103: A child rides a donkey cart in the small village of Ngalamadisi near Banamba, Mali, some 140 kms (80 miles) North of the capital Bamako Friday Jan. 18, 2013. French troops encircled a key Malian town on Friday, trying to stop radical Islamists from striking against communities closer to the capital and cutting off their supply line, a French official said. The move around DIabaly came as French and Malian authorities said that the city whose capture prompted the French military intervention in the first place was no longer in the hands of the extremists. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) (18 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO XJD106: A man wearing a traditional blue turban walks outside the mosque in Banamba, Mali, some 140 kms (80 miles) North of the capital Bamako Friday Jan. 18, 2013. French troops encircled a key Malian town on Friday, trying to stop radical Islamists from striking against communities closer to the capital and cutting off their supply line, a French official said. The move around DIabaly came as French and Malian authorities said that the city whose capture prompted the French military intervention in the first place was no longer in the hands of the extremists. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) (18 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO XJD105: Malian police officers leaves their station to go on patrol in Banamba, Mali, some 140 kms (80 miles) North of the capital Bamako Friday Jan. 18, 2013. French troops encircled a key Malian town on Friday, trying to stop radical Islamists from striking against communities closer to the capital and cutting off their supply line, a French official said. The move around DIabaly came as French and Malian authorities said that the city whose capture prompted the French military intervention in the first place was no longer in the hands of the extremists.( AP Photo/Jerome Delay) (18 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO XJD109: Children walk in the small village of Ngalamadisi near Banamba, Mali, some 140 kms (80 miles) North of the capital Bamako, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. French troops encircled a key Malian town on Friday, trying to stop radical Islamists from striking against communities closer to the capital and cutting off their supply line, a French official said. The move around DIabaly came as French and Malian authorities said that the city whose capture prompted the French military intervention in the first place was no longer in the hands of the extremists. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) (18 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO REB106: In this picture dated Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 and released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) Nigerian troops for the African-led international support mission to Mali exit a military plane at Bamako airport, Mali. France remains alone as the only foreign power with boots on the ground, though on Thursday, a contingent of Togolese and Nigeria soldiers arrived at the airport. (AP Photo/Jeremy Lempin, ECPAD) (17 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO REB107: In this picture dated Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 and released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) a soldier directs a French Mirage 2000D after landing at Bamako airport, Mali. Mali's military claimed Friday that it has held control of a key town where Islamic extremists had battled forces for a week, though aid groups said they were unable to reach the area to provide humanitarian assistance. (AP Photo/Jeremy Lempin, ECPAD) (17 Jan 2013)

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