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January 30, 2013 7:11 PM

With easy part of Mali mission almost over, Chad is poised to take lead

The French capture of the airport at Kidal, the last of the major Malian towns overrun last year by al Qaida-affiliated militants, very likely marks the beginning of the end of France’s aggressive advance against the insurgents. What comes next may prove much more difficult: hunting down an Islamist foe that for the most part is still at large in vast, trackless desert expanses.

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