Malian troops break rebels’ 10-month hold on Timbuktu

Posted: January 29, 2013 at 5:29 a.m.

Chadian soldiers, assisted by Malian gendarmes, patrol the streets of Gao in northern Mali on Monday.

Backed by French helicopters and paratroopers, Malian soldiers entered the fabled city of Timbuktu on Monday after al-Qaida-linked militants who ruled the city by fear for nearly 10 months fled into the desert, setting fire to a library that held thousands of manuscripts dating to the Middle Ages.

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