French army watches for bombs and potholes as it withdraws from Mali base
02 May 2022 | 7:36 am
The French military left a remote base in northern Mali before dawn for the last time last week, with 100 vehicles forming a miles-long convoy across the barren desert terrain. Helicopters whirred above as air support for hundreds of troops in trucks and armoured cars leaving the camp near the town of Gossi.
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