Insight: U.N.'s Mali task is state-building as much as peacekeeping

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By Daniel Flynn and David Lewis BAMAKO/KIDAL, Mali (Reuters) - The U.N. is being dragged into a mission in Mali likely to involve state-building as much as peacekeeping, as France looks to reduce its military footprint in the vast and poor Sahel state after defeating an Islamist rebellion. The day Mali elected a new president this month, the French general who led the military campaign to push the rebels from its desert north flew back home, his job done. ...