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