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    French and Malian troops consolidate gains

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    French and government troops are consolidating their hold on towns in central Mali recaptured from the rebels in recent days. The United States, along with Britain and France, are helping to transport French troops and equipment. Meanwhile, France's ambassador to the United Nations has requested that UN monitors be deployed to Mali. Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland reports from Bamako, the capital of Mali.