French troops may begin Mali pullout in March

"I think that from March, if everything goes according to plan, the number of French troops should fall," he said in an interview for Wednesday's Metro newspaper.

French troops may begin Mali pullout in March

World Bulletin / News Desk

France plans to begin pulling troops out of Mali from March and will focus its operations on the north of the country, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday.

"I think that from March, if everything goes according to plan, the number of French troops should fall," he said in an interview for Wednesday's Metro newspaper.

Fance has deployed nearly 4,000 ground troops, as well as warplanes and armoured vehicles in its three-week-old military attack.

It is now due to gradually hand over to a U.N.-backed African force of some 8,000 troops, known as AFISMA, of which around 3,800 have already been deployed.

Last Mod: 06 Şubat 2013, 11:01
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