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Malian military enters contested city of Kidal

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -

A military spokesman said that Mali's army had entered the contested city of Kidal, the last major town that was in rebel hands following a French-led military operation earlier this year to oust the al-Qaida-linked fighters which had occupied northern Mali.

   Lt. Col. Souleymane Maiga said Malian soldiers entered Kidal around 5 p.m. local time Friday, and headed for Camp 1, a military installation inside the city. They were accompanied by French soldiers, just as they were when they entered the north's two other main -- Gao and Timbuktu -- which were liberated in January.

   Kidal had become a de facto Tuareg state, ruled by Tuareg rebels. They recently signed an agreement with the Malian government paving the way for Friday's return.

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