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TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — French troops began to withdraw from Timbuktu Thursday after securing the fabled city as they ramped up their mission in another northern Mali city, searching for Islamic extremists who may be mixing among the local population.
The United States must reach out to both allies and locals when fighting terrorism in North Africa.
Intervention in Mali is necessary to prove we're serious about the war on terror, protecting human rights, and supporting our ally France.
French operation in Mali is in many ways the reverse of the 2011 NATO intervention in Libya.
The United States must maintain a robust global and regional architecture in order to deal with geopolitical tremors and disturbances.
Afghanistan could give the French pause about their intervention in Mali.
PARIS (AP) — A foul-smelling cloud of gas escaped from a factory in northern France on Tuesday, making life unpleasant from the outskirts of Paris to Britain's shores and prompting scores of emergency calls.
There is no hard template for when the United S. should intervene in a conflict abroad.
France's intervention was necessary, but the more difficult work of following through by securing the north and bringing enduring stability remains.
A State Department official says achievements in the former terrorist haven should be a model for future action in Africa.