The Malian army has captured the town of Kidal from Tuareg separatist rebels, which is a significant victory for the junta. Kidal is an important location in Sahelian geography and has been under the control of the Coordination of Azawad Movements since 2013. The region has been the center of independence insurgencies in Mali since its independence from France. Kidal has been a source of tension between Bamako and Paris, with claims that France created an enclave for terrorism. The rebels took control of Kidal in 2013, but the army had been preparing to retake the city.
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