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France begins withdrawal of troops from Mali

Last Updated: Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 14:31

Zee Media Bureau

Bamako: Four months after France deployed troops to control the Islamists rebel in Mali, the process of major military withdrawal from the area reportedly started on Saturday.

The control of the area will now be taken over by United Nations peacekeeping forces, who will to deployed in July, and Malian Army, as per a BBC report.

Around 100 French soldiers had exited from the northern Malian town of Timbuktu last month after their military operation largely ousted radical Islamic fighters from the area.
UN peacekeepers are now supposed to take over in July from a 6,000-member African-led mission now in Mali, although the deployment date is subject to change depending on security conditions.
The troops were deployed in the area after Islamist rebels took control of the northern area and seized major towns of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu.

First Published: Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 11:21

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