Friday, February 15, 2013
Continued fighting casts doubt on quick French exit from Mali
In the city of Gao, repeated bomber attacks, renewed ground combat and the discovery of a massive 600-kilogram bomb are jeopardizing Paris' hopes for a quick retreat from Mali. As many had predicted, France's claim of routing the local fighters appears to have been premature.
While the Malian and French forces continue to withhold regular updates, the civilian death toll continues will rise, as does the trauma to local residents.
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