KIDAL FALLS TO FRENCH OFFENSIVE!
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.