Nightly News   |  February 03, 2013

Timbuktu freed; Malians cheer French

Three weeks after French troops began their assault on northern Mali, Timbuktu is no longer controlled by an extremist group linked to al-Qaida. NBC’s Rohit Kachroo reports.

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>>> now to the situation in mali. bane after the french president was cheered for liberating the ancient city of timbuktu from militants, french forces in action again in the northern part of country. nbc's reporter is on the groundbuktu tonig ht.

>> reporter: and jihadists training camps, another major operation in this three-week long assault against al qaeda militants in the north of mali. 30 aircraft were involved in this operation to the north of the key couldn't. last time four somalians and french force. meanwhile, here in the legendary city of timbuktu , west african troops have been pouring in during the day to help to secure the outskirts of the city . meanwhile, the french troops have been moving out further ert into the desert, some were cheered as they went. at the end of this, the first week of freedom for the people of timbuktu for many, many months. lester?