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French troops may start leaving Mali soon

TIMBUKTU, Mali — French troops may start pulling out of their anti-extremist operation in Mali as early as next month, handing over to a still-developing African force, the French foreign minister was quoted as saying.

The potential pending withdrawal, floated by Laurent Fabius in a newspaper interview published Tuesday night, came as forces from France and Chad secured a key bastion in northern Mali, the city of Kidal.

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