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Mali Intervention: 65 Islamists, 13 Chad Troops Killed In Adrar Des Ifoghas Mountains

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In this picture provided by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) and taken Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, Chad soldiers for the African-led international support mission to Mali wait to board an aircraft in N'Djamena, Chad, bound for Bamako, the capital of Mali. (AP Photo/ECPAD,Nicolas Vissac) | AP

N'DJAMENA, Chad — The Chadian army says that its troops killed 65 Islamic extremist rebels and destroyed five vehicles in fierce fighting northern Mali.

The Chadian military said in a statement Saturday on state broadcasting that 13 Chadian soldiers were also killed and six were wounded in the fighting Friday in northern Mali.

The statement said the clashes were in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains of northeastern Mali.

Chad has deployed some 1,800 troops in Mali as part of the French-led military intervention begun in January to wrest control of northern Mali from the Islamic radicals linked to al Qaeda.

The Islamic rebels retreated to mountainous hideouts near Mali's northern border with Algeria, after being expelled at the end of January by French and Malian forces from the major towns in northern Mali.

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