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URGENT ¥¥¥ French forces control strategic Mali town Tessalit

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(Globalpost/GlobalPost)

French forces on Friday took control of the strategic oasis town of Tessalit in far northeastern Mali, one of the last bastions of Islamist rebels, the military said.

General Staff spokesman Colonel Thierry Burkhard said French forces "control Tessalit" after an overnight operation that saw special forces parachute into the local airport.

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/urgent-french-forces-control-strategic-mali-town-tessalit