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French, Malian troops clash with rebels

TIMETABLE:France’s foreign minister said in an interview published yesterday that French troops would begin withdrawing next month ‘if all goes as planned’

AFP, GAO, Mali

The Azawad National Liberation Movement linked up with the radical Islamists in its bid to secure independence for the desert nomad Tuareg people. However, after being chased from their strongholds by the militants, they have voiced a willingness to negotiate since France intervened.

The group yesterday said it had retaken the town of Menaka, 80km from the Niger border.

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