Troops from France and Chad have moved into the north Malian city of Kidal and its airport as they seek to further squeeze Islamist extremists who had seized control of a swath of the African country,The French military says
On Tuesday a French military official told the press that 1,800 Chadian troops have entered Kidal.
The official on condition of anonymity added that French troops took control of the Kidal airport and are working to secure it so that they can bring in more forces,AP said
The French intervened in January, fearing that Islamist militants who had controlled Mali’s vast north since April 2012, were about to advance on the capital, Bamako.
The French-led forces recaptured the other main towns in northern Mali, Timbuktu and Gao, without a fight.