Concern over poorly trained Malian army

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

    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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