French president on military offensive: 'We are winning in Mali'
Malian soldiers enter the historic city of Timbuktu on Monday
January 29th, 2013
12:40 AM ET

French president on military offensive: 'We are winning in Mali'

French-led troops in Mali now control the ancient city of Timbuktu, the neighboring Gao - and the vast swath in between that was an Islamist stronghold for almost a year, the French defense ministry said.

"We are winning in Mali," French President Francois Hollande said at a news conference Monday, but added that militants still control parts of the north.

Hollande did not say how long France will maintain troops in its former colony.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Very good. I hope that President Hollande's assessment is correct.

    January 29, 2013 at 3:48 am | Report abuse | Reply

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