- uploaded: Feb 6, 2013
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The French military, assisted by local militia, has taken the city of Kidal - the last major city still controlled by Islamist militants. Meanwhile, warplanes have continued striking the remaining militant hideouts in the far north of the country. The French foreign minister has hinted that the operation may be over as early as March. But while the advance has been swift, the conflict is already taking its toll on the civilians.
Geopolitical analyst Patrick Henningsen believes the war on terror is just a pretext used by some powers to tighten its grip on Africa.