Malian and French forces killed around 100 jihadists

The West African nation's army in a statement said, "Malian and French forces killed around 100 jihadists and took another 20 captives in a joint operation this January in central Mali."

According to the information, the campaign lasted from January 2 to January 20. The targeted areas bordering Burkina Faso, where militant groups with links to al Qaeda. They're all Islamic State control large tracts of the remote desert and also regularly carry out raids on the army and civilians.

The army said, "The purpose of this operation was to force the enemy out of its areas of refuge."

As per a report, in the West African Sahel region, France has more than 5,100 military personnel. To help counter the militants, an involvement which is facing increased opposition at home and some from quarters in Mali.

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