On 8 February, French troops together with Chadian forces entered the strategic oasis town of Tessalit.
Tessalit, a remote oasis in far northeastern Mali near the Algerian border, is the last stronghold of Islamist fundamentalist militants in the African country. Andrew Lebovich, a Dakar-based researcher on the Sahel and north Africa told Guardian, “the mountains around Tessalit are a natural place for the rebels to hide…this is an area where they have been hiding ...
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