French Forces in Mali Plan to Hand Over Control of Timbuktu to Malians This Week

by Colonel on February 5, 2013

“In a new phase of the Mali conflict, French airstrikes targeted the fuel depots and desert hideouts of Islamic extremists in northern Mali overnight Monday. …

After taking control of the key cities of northern Mali, forcing the Islamic rebels to retreat into the desert, the French military intervention is turning away from the cities and targeting the fighters’ remote outposts to prevent them from being used as Saharan launch pads for international terrorism.

The French plan to leave the city of Timbuktu on Thursday, Feb. 7, a spokeswoman for the armed forces in the city said Monday. French soldiers took the city last week after Islamic extremists withdrew. Now the French military said it intends to move out of Timbuktu in order to push farther northeast to the strategic city of Gao.

” — Baba Ahmed, Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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Copyright 2013 Guardian News & Media Ltd

Copyright 2013 Guardian News & Media Ltd

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