Battle of Iminenas

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On 27 February 2013, French troops took control of the village of Iminenas in Mali. Islamists put up a fight but then retreated after the intervention of helicopters and armored personnel carriers. On March 2, 2013, a battle took place in Iminenas, 60 kilometers east of Gao. The confrontation lasted from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., according to the account given by the captain Diarra, a spokesman of the Malian army in Gao, Franco-Malian forces took no losses, but the jihadists had 52 killed.[1] French airstrikes from helicopters and planes helped to repel Islamists.

A Malian soldier said of the battle, "I took part in the fighting at In-Manas (60 km east of Gao) Friday. We destroyed a base of MUJAO. They had a lot of deaths in their ranks. We returned to Gao, without loss in our ranks."[2]


Coordinates: 16°18′00″N 0°43′00″E / 16.3000°N 0.7167°E / 16.3000; 0.7167