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Vol 54 No 3

Published 1st February 2013


The end of the beginning

Bamako and its allies may only be able to defeat the jihadists in the long run if they make concessions to the people of the north

The political questions facing Mali are more formidable than the diplomatic and logistical challenges facing France when it intervened on 11 January. After jihadists fled from Gao and Timbuktu, French forces and Tuareg fighters took Kidal on 30 January, prompting some dangerous triumphalism.

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