|• Total||170,572 km2 (65,858 sq mi)|
|• Density||3.2/km2 (8.3/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC±0 (UTC)|
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The region is bordered to the north by Kidal Region, to the west by Tombouctou Region, and to the east and most of the south by Niger (Tahoua Region and Tillabéri Region), sharing a portion of the southern border with Burkina Faso (Sahel Region).
The Gao Region is part of Mali, the northern part that was separated and declared independent by the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) during the Tuareg rebellion of 2012. After the 1st Battle of Gao, the MNLA lost control to Islamist militias. Several other battles took place during the war, particularly in Gao.
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