I am Jacky Rowland, Al Jazeera English correspondent that just go back from Timbuktu and currently in Bamako, Mali. Ask me anything!
Thanks for all the interesting discussion. I'm having problems posting some replies, I think there's heavy traffic on Reddit right now. So I'm signing off for the night but will check in again tomorrow.
Hello Reddit. Jacky Rowland, one of few journalists to have been with French troops at the moment of the recapture of Timbuktu, will be here shortly to start answering questions.
Rowland has been covering the conflict from Bamako and Timbuktu for Al Jazeera over the past two weeks, most recently reporting on French President Francois Hollande's visit to Mali. Based in Paris, she is a senior Al Jazeera correspondent covering Europe and the Arab world.
Follow her on Twitter: @jackyaljaz