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Mali: French troops begin withdrawal from Timbuktu

TIMBUKTU, Mali — French troops began to withdraw from Timbuktu on Thursday after securing the fabled city as they ramped up their mission in another northern Malian city, searching for Islamist extremists who may be mixing among the local population.

Colonel Thierry Burkhard, a French military spokesman, said Thursday that the operation to secure Gao is still under way, nearly two weeks after French and Malian troops moved into the area. New clashes nearby raised questions about how solid a hold the French military has on the strategic area.

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