France: Fierce Fighting in Northern Mali Mountains

France says fierce fighting continues in the mountains of northern Mali, as part of the operation to clear Islamist militants out of their remaining strongholds.

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday the fighting in the Ifoghas region, near the Algerian border, is targeting an area where the “most radical terrorist groups” have gone.

​​French troops entered Mali in January to push back militants moving toward the capital and have since been joined by African …