As the UK supports the French mission in Mali, rebels have taken Diabaly, 400km (250 miles) from the capital, Bamako. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian still maintains, however, that the mission to oust Islamic rebels is going well. He has however admitted it is a 'difficult situation.
UK PM David Cameron this weekend committed two military airplanes to help the French in Mali. He insists that no British military personnel will be involved in any fighting. The planes are being used to transport weapons and firepower, plus troops, it is believed.
Today there is likely to be a UN meeting, this has been called by the French authorities. The French military mission commenced Friday. Rebels in bases in the north and east of Mali had begun a push toward the capital, Bamako.
Yesterday French war planes allegedly attacked rebel bases. Late yesterday the rebels responded by launching a counter-attack on Diabaly.
Diably is significant to both sides, as it is home to a key military base.
The French Defence Minister confirmed that fierce fighting had ensued. Ultimately the Mali military had been unable to win against the rebels. French war planes also bombed the town of Gao, in eastern Mali.
France may be attempting to remain upbeat but warnings have been issued to the French, reports the BBC,
Rebels of the al-Qaeda-linked Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao), said that France would pay for its intervention.
The French Foreign Minister continues to claim that the fighting will only last a couple of weeks. He has refuted any comparisons to Afghanistan. To date 11 Malians, one French helicopter pilot and around 100 rebels are reported to have been killed.
As a Brit I am left wondering what the Hell Cameron is committing the UK to, especially whilst he continues to preach austerity.