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November 12, 2012 2:59 PM

West Africa approves sending 3,300 troops to battle militants in Mali

Earlier this summer, Mali’s Islamist militant northern rebels abandoned their southernmost position, the town of Douentza, some 100 miles northeast up the road from Mopti, where the Malian army had retreated this spring after being routed out of the northern two-thirds of the country.

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