French, Malian Forces Clash With Militants Outside Gao

France’s defense minister says forces working to retake control of northern Mali are encountering some “residual jihadist groups” outside of the region’s major cities.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday that French and Malian forces clashed with Islamist militants a day earlier near the city of Gao, and that French aircraft continue to carry out airstrikes against militant targets.

Gao is one of the northern cities French and Malian forces recaptured from Islamist militants …