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Concern over poorly trained Malian army

As French troops speed up withdrawal, whether Mali's own soldiers will shape up remains open to question.

Last Modified: 02 May 2013 16:30
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As French forces speed up their withdrawal from Mali, challenges of training the country's own army remain.

Its soldiers lack discipline and there is a language barrier. But the biggest issue in the minds of many Malians in the north of the country is human rights.

French troops have been a reassuring presence for civilians. But when most of the troops go home, the mood could change.

Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons reports from Gao.

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