Published April 12, 2013
France has pulled its first 100 soldiers out of Mali, part of a gradual draw-down. It intervened in northern Mali, three months ago, to halt an Islamist advance south and reclaim territory occupied by the al-Qaida-linked militants since last April. The French now plan to hand over security for much of the region to an eventual UN stabilization mission of African troops. VOA's Anne Look reports from Gao where fighting continues to flare and residents say they are not sure the Malian and African troops are ready to do it alone.