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Vol 55 No 2

Published 24th January 2014


Mali

Serval’s birthday evokes mixed emotions

Bamako held a parade to mark the first anniversary of the French intervention. Admiration, pride and suspicion were also on display, as a new military pact takes shape

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves le Drian was the most notable guest at the ceremony on 20 January to mark the 53rd anniversary of the national armed forces, the Forces armées du Mali, and the first anniversary of France's military intervention (AC Vol 54 No 2, Taking the fight to the desert). The event also marked a stage in scaling down France's Opération Serval, which has not been as rapid as President François Hollande had hoped.

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