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West African troops arrive in Mali to aid French mission

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Togolese Army soldiers enter a plane to leave for deployment to Mali, from Togo's capital Lome January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Noel Kokou Tadegnon (TOGO - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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Togolese Army soldiers stand in preparation to leave for deployment to Mali, from Togo's capital Lome January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Noel Kokou Tadegnon

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Togolese Army soldiers stand in preparation to leave for deployment to Mali from Togo's capital Lome January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Noel Kokou Tadegnon

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Villagers wave to the French military as they pass the town of Konobougou, Mali January 17, 2013. European Union states will send more than 200 military personnel to train Mali government forces in the fight against Islamist rebels. Western stakes in the crisis were underlined when Islamist gunmen took dozens of foreign and local workers hostage at an Algerian desert gas facility on Wednesday, demanding that France pull its troops...

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Villagers wave to French military as they pass the the town of Konobougou, Mali January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY CONFLICT)

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Togolese Army soldiers stand in preparation to leave for deployment to Mali, from Togo's capital Lome January 17, 2013. A contingent of around 100 Togolese troops, which arrived at Bamako international airport, was due to be joined shortly afterwards by Nigerian forces already en route from Kaduna airport, in the north of the oil-producing state. REUTERS/Noel Kokou Tadegnon (TOGO - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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French military pass the town of Konobougou on their way to Segou, Mali January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

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Malian soldiers stand guard as Mali's President Dioncounda Traore speaks to French troops at an air base in Bamako, Mali January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

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French helicopters arrive at an air base in Bamako, Mali January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

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