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French-led forces in Mali closing in on Timbuktu

French-led forces in the West African state of Mali are closing in on Timbuktu in their offensive against al-Qaeda linked Islamists.

The rebels are withdrawing north in the face of French air strikes which have destroyed many of their vehicles, weapons and bases.

The BBC's Mark Doyle reports from northern Mali.

  • 27 Jan 2013
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