Tuareg Rebels Clash With Malian Forces

First such engagement since the French-led intervention began


BAMAKO, MALI: Local officials in Mali say the Malian military is clashing with rebels from the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, or NMLA, near the village of Anefis in northeast Mali. 

It marks the first time the Malian military has engaged the Tuareg separatists since a French-led military intervention made it possible for the country's army to return to most of its positions in the north.