French troops begin withdrawal from Timbuktu

French armoured vehicles are seen heading towards the Niger border before making a left turn north in Gao, northern Mali. Photo: AP

French troops began to withdraw from Timbuktu on Thursday after securing the fabled city as they ramped up their mission in another northern Mali city, searching for Islamic extremists who may be mixing among th

Friday, 8 February, 2013, 2:53pm

French enter last Islamist stronghold in Mali

Residents of Gao, Mali, look on at burned vehicles that had belonged to Islamist forces. Photo: Reuters

France called for peace talks between Mali’s government and “legitimate representatives” from the north, after French troops took up positions at Kidal, the last city held by Islamist forces.

“This political process now has to advance concretely,” French foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot said on Wednesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Looting mars liberation as French and Malian troops secure Timbuktu

Hundreds of people scramble to give French-led troops a heroes’ welcome as they enter the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of Malians looted Arab-owned shops yesterday in Mali's fabled Timbuktu, newly freed from Islamists, as global donors pledged more than US$455 million for a French-led drive to rout the radicals from the north.

30 Jan 2013 - 6:43pm