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French troops in Mali campaign face storms, mud, mistrust - Sort by:
French troops in Mali campaign face storms, mud, mistrust
Efforts led by France to stop a region on Europe's doorstep becoming a launchpad for attacks at home are increasingly trapped in an endless cat-and-mouse game with well-armed jihadists, who know the terrain and hide easily among civilians.

On a rare reporting trip with the French troops into central Mali, Reuters journalists saw first-hand why a five-year-old mission -- initially planned as a short-term stopgap to hand over to local forces -- may have many more years left to run.
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NDAKI, Mali
A French soldier of the 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment searches a man during an area control operation in the Gourma region during Operation Barkhane in Ndaki, Mali, July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier SEARCH "TESSIER MALI" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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French soldiers patrol in an all-terrain armoured vehicle... more
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Commander David, a French soldier of the Barkhane Force,... more
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Local women and children arrive at an abandoned clinic... more
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French soldiers of the "Belleface" Desert Tactical... more
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Colonel Nicolas James, Commander of Desert Tactical... more
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French soldiers of the 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment... more
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Military clothes are found during an area control operation... more
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French soldiers of the "Belleface" Desert Tactical... more
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Military police unit Captain Balassine invites locals... more
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A young Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) soldier poses for... more
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A drone operator from the French 2nd Foreign Engineer... more
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French soldiers, who are taking part in Operation Barkhane,... more
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Sergent Aleksey, a French soldier of the 2nd Foreign... more
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The French flag is hoisted at Operational Desert Platform... more
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Local women and children arrive at an abandoned clinic... more
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A member of a French military medical unit provides... more
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French soldiers go for an early morning run at the... more
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