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Rebel Stronghold in Northern Mali Taken!
By Harold Hutchison

French, Malian, and other African troops have taken the town of Kidal, the last major stronghold of Islamist rebels who hijacked a Tuareg revolt that began in January 2012. French President Francois Hollande is about to visit the African country on Saturday.

According to a report by VOA News, French officials have declared their intervention in Mali a success, but that reconciliation process is needed. Malian President Dioncounda Traore refused the call to negotiate with Islamist rebels, but indicated a willingness to speak with a Tuareg group, provided the renounce a claim to Malian territory.

The Tuareg rebels broke with the Islamists after shaira law was imposed in the territory taken from the central government.