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09.08.2012 Mali

Mali says military intervention in north "inevitable"

By AFP
Fighters of the Islamist group MUJAO sit in the courtyard of a police station in Gao.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)
LISTEN AUG 9, 2012
Fighters of the Islamist group MUJAO sit in the courtyard of a police station in Gao. By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

BAMAKO (AFP) - Mali's government said Thursday that atrocities committed by Islamists occupying the north in the application of sharia law showed that military intervention would be "inevitable".

"Every day, while efforts for a negotiated solution are increasing, the practices of the terrorists and drug traffickers cloaked in a false religous veil give weight to the inevitable nature of the military option," a statement read.

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