Mali's military has made its farthest push east toward the Islamist stronghold in the city of Gao.
Mali’s military has made its farthest push east toward the Islamist stronghold in the city of Gao.
Residents in the town of Hombori said Friday that Malian soldiers were seen arriving there the night before.
Hombori is located 93 miles (150 kilometers) beyond the current line of control in Douentza, which government forces reclaimed earlier in the week.
The push puts the military just 155 miles (250 kilometers) away from Gao, one of the three main northern cities held by Islamists since last April.
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Malian soldiers are attempting to recapture northern Mali from the Islamic extremists with the help of the French military and troops from other African nations.
The Islamists have retreated from several cities in central Mali but still control the north.