Tuesday, 5 February 2013

More than 1,800 Chadian soldiers with French troops in Kidal to secure the city

Some 1,800 Chadian soldiers have entered Kidal, the last major town in northern Mali under rebel control, the French military says. French-led forces captured Kidal's airport last week but have not yet secured the town itself. The French soldiers meanwhile continue control of the airport thanks to the reinforcement of two sections of paratroopers from the 1e RCP (1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment).
French and African soldiers continue to control the area of Niger River and strengthen the military forces in the cities of Timbuktu and Gao.
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