French forces consolidate Mali gains

As paratroopers take control of Timbuktu, exclusive footage shows rebel fighters engaged in a "tactical retreat".

    Paratroopers from the French Foreign Legion have taken control of the north of Timbuktu.

    The French military says it has set up checkpoints on the outskirts of the city on access routes. 

    Al Jazeera filmed this exclusive footage inside Timbuktu, showing fighters of the Ansar el-Dine militia, who have been occupying the city for the last 10 months, vacating their bases.

    The fighters have told Al Jazeera the withdrawal is a tactical retreat with a view to regrouping and plotting a later assault. 

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    150 years of 'Das Kapital': How relevant is Marx today?

    150 years of 'Das Kapital': How relevant is Marx today?

    The seminal work of the 19th century economist still provides a framework for understanding contemporary capitalism.

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    New information has come to light about thousands of mostly Yemeni children believed to have been abducted in the 1950s.

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    It's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.