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French Defense Minister: International Intervention in Mali Only Weeks Away

Aim to displace militants in the North, many of whom are there because of a previous intervention in Libya

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France's defense minister says an international military operation to help oust Islamic militants from northern Mali will get under way in a matter of weeks.

Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke to France 2 television on Tuesday, days after the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution clearing the way for the deployment of foreign troops to Mali.

He said France will not send any troops, but will provide logistical support.

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