French army withdraws from its base in Timbuktu 

19:20, 14 December 2021
French army withdraws from its base in Timbuktu  Photo: Nicolas Maeterlinck/ Look Press

The army of France withdrew its troops from its base near the city of Timbuktu in northern Mali following eight years of being present there.

The forces intervened during the presidential term of Francois Hollande and their goal was to fight jihadist insurgents in the region.

Over 5,100 troops have been deployed since the start of the operation in 2013.

Bases in Kidal and Tessal were already freed from troops and now the one in Timbuktu will suffer the same fate.

At first, the French Army was welcomed with joy and excitement however as time passed and no progress was made the sentiment changed towards anti-French.

Even demonstrations were specifically held to indicate that the French are no longer welcome in the African country.

The number of French troops in the country will be less by 3,000 as soon as next year.

More and more locals join militant groups who use al-Qaeda* propaganda to fill their ranks.

Whether the mission had success or not is a debatable question.

*Al-Qaeda is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia, and many other countries.