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Loyalist Troops Head North To Take On Tuaregs

April 23 2012


About 200 fighters said to be loyal to the government have advanced into northern Mali in an attempt to recapture the area from Tuareg separatists, Reuters reports.

The soldiers said they are government loyalists under the command of a colonel of Tuareg descent.

Witnesses reported seeing the troops on Saturday in dozens of vehicles in the town of Lebezanga, near the border with Niger.

The force pushed about 20 miles north toward Gao, said military officials in the area. ...

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