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The Bamako government wants to use negotiations – and military muscle – to retake the northern provinces seized by jihadists

The grand plan for Mali’s army to wrest the northern provinces of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu from jihadist militias is due to swing into operation in the second half of the year. It has been held up by local and regional political disagreements, not least the opposition of Algeria, the biggest power in the region, whose land border with Mali runs for over 1,000 kilometres.

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Algeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, François Hollande, France, Django Sissoko, Dioncounda Traoré, Amadou Haya Sanogo, United States, Ban Ki-moon, Cheick Modibo Diarra, Blaise Compaoré, Iyad ag Ghali, Truce talk, Ansar Eddine, Mouvement pour l’unicité et le jihad en Afrique de l’Ouest, Al Qaida, Mission internationale de soutien au Mali sous conduite africaine, Mouvement national pour la libération de l’Azawad

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