Mali crisis: French withdraw troops amid fears of prolonged war


rt.com
April 10, 2013

France has withdrawn its first batch of 100 troops out of the 4,000 deployed in Mali as it prepares to hand over operations to a UN peacekeeping force, with 1,000 French troops to remain on the ground by the end of the year.

However, fears are mounting that Mali will become a drawn-out war, spilling into other regions and fueling terrorism.

France justified its January intervention into Mali as a necessary battle to stem the advance of Al-Qaeda-linked militants who had seized northern Mali, and threatened to gain control over the capital Bamako.

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