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France to start withdrawing Mali troops from April

Xinhua | Updated: 2013-03-07 03:27

WARSAW - France will start withdrawing troops from Mali as of April, French President Francois Hollande said here Wednesday.

During a visit to Warsaw, Hollande also said "terrorist leaders" had been killed in an operation against Islamist rebels in a northern Mali mountain range. But he did not provide details on the identities of those killed.

The Elysee Palace on Wednesday said a fourth French soldier had been killed during clashes with Islamist insurgents in Mali.

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