Malian troops are about to start some of the most intensive training they have ever received - courtesy of the European Union.
It will get underway at a base about 60 kilometres from the capital Bamako.
Nearly three months ago, France led a military intervention to drive fighters out of northern Mali.
But many people have not been won over by the government.
Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall reports from Kidal.
Source: Al Jazeera