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France has started withdrawing its troops from Mali: what is it leaving behind?

By Mady Ibrahim Kanté, Lecturer, Université des sciences juridiques et politiques de Bamako
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France has begun withdrawing its troops from northern Mali as part of plans to reorganise its anti-insurgent forces deployed in the Sahel region under Operation Barkhane. French army bases in Kidal, Tessalit and Timbuktu will be closed by the end of the year and handed over to the Malian army. Air support will be maintained. But the current contingent of 5,100 French troops will be reduced to roughly 3,000. Adejuwon Soyinka asked Mady Ibrahim…

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