February 5th, 2013
06:04 PM ET

France to start pulling troops from Mali in March

France expects to begin pulling its troops out of Mali in March, the French foreign minister told the Metro newspaper for a story published today.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said troops will continue operations in northern Mali, where he said "some terrorist havens remain."

At Mali's request, France launched an offensive last month against militants in its former colony. The ground and air campaign has sent Islamist fighters who had seized the northern region fleeing into the vast desert.

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  1. joe bob

    now they will be coming home

    February 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim is the man

    lets just hope this doesn"t result in a world war.

    February 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    We are in now , they will get out.
    France would never be willing to go for the long haul and get mauled.
    We would of course. We have already said " Mali intervention could take decades".

    February 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • benhk

      you are in ? really ? how many soldiers do you have on the ground ? zero !
      sending 1 drone and a cargo plane doesnt count as "being in" !

      try to be modest from time to time and appeciate that someone is doing the job. France doesnt need US soldiers to achieve the goal of securing Mali.

      February 7, 2013 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Wisdom, foresight and sagacity.lol
    We have not yet recognized the idiots who rule our destiny from up on Capitol Hill.

    February 6, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |