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A Malian soldiers gestures at a check point at Thy, 15km away from Sevare, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A Malian soldiers gestures at a check point at Thy, 15km away from Sevare, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A Malian soldiers gestures at a check point at Thy, 15km away from Sevare, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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A Malian soldier stands guard on the road between Konna and Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A Malian soldier stands guard on the road between Konna and Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A Malian soldier stands guard on the road between Konna and Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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A Malian soldier stands guard on the road between Konna and Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A Malian soldier stands guard on the road between Konna and Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A Malian soldier stands guard on the road between Konna and Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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A mosque damaged in recent fighting between French-backed Malian troops and al Qaeda-linked militants is seen in the recently liberated town of Konna January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A mosque damaged in recent fighting between French-backed Malian troops and al Qaeda-linked militants is seen in the recently liberated town of Konna January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A mosque damaged in recent fighting between French-backed Malian troops and al Qaeda-linked militants is seen in the recently liberated town of Konna January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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A Malian soldier stands guard with his machine gun on the road between Konna and Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A Malian soldier stands guard with his machine gun on the road between Konna and Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A Malian soldier stands guard with his machine gun on the road between Konna and Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Storage lockers at a fish market used as a military base by al Qaeda-linked militants are seen in Konna, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Storage lockers at a fish market used as a military base by al Qaeda-linked militants are seen in Konna, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Storage lockers at a fish market used as a military base by al Qaeda-linked militants are seen in Konna, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A fish market is seen through a hole in the wall in Konna, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A fish market is seen through a hole in the wall in Konna, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A fish market is seen through a hole in the wall in Konna, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Malian soldiers search a vehicle at a military checkpoint in Sevare, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldiers search a vehicle at a military checkpoint in Sevare, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldiers search a vehicle at a military checkpoint in Sevare, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Malian soldier Ousmane Cisse stands guard on an open road outside Sevare, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldier Ousmane Cisse stands guard on an open road outside Sevare, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldier Ousmane Cisse stands guard on an open road outside Sevare, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Malian soldier Ousmane Cisse stands guard on an open road outside Sevare, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldier Ousmane Cisse stands guard on an open road outside Sevare, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldier Ousmane Cisse stands guard on an open road outside Sevare, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Ordnance used by al Qaeda-linked militants is pictured on the ground in Konna, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Ordnance used by al Qaeda-linked militants is pictured on the ground in Konna, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Ordnance used by al Qaeda-linked militants is pictured on the ground in Konna, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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The remains of an armoured vehicle used by al Qaeda-affiliated militants that was hit by French airstrikes are pictured in Konna, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

The remains of an armoured vehicle used by al Qaeda-affiliated militants that was hit by French airstrikes are pictured in Konna, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

The remains of an armoured vehicle used by al Qaeda-affiliated militants that was hit by French airstrikes are pictured in Konna, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Malian army officers speak to journalists at a military checkpoint in Sevare, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian army officers speak to journalists at a military checkpoint in Sevare, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian army officers speak to journalists at a military checkpoint in Sevare, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A Mali flag patch is pictured on the uniform of a Malian soldier in Konna, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A Mali flag patch is pictured on the uniform of a Malian soldier in Konna, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A Mali flag patch is pictured on the uniform of a Malian soldier in Konna, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A Malian soldier makes a phone call in front of a roadside convenience store at a military checkpoint in Sevare, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A Malian soldier makes a phone call in front of a roadside convenience store at a military checkpoint in Sevare, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A Malian soldier makes a phone call in front of a roadside convenience store at a military checkpoint in Sevare, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A Malian soldier stands guard with his machine gun on the road between Konna and Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A Malian soldier stands guard with his machine gun on the road between Konna and Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A Malian soldier stands guard with his machine gun on the road between Konna and Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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A Malian soldier inspects a car at a checkpoint in Thy, 15 km (9.3 miles) from Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A Malian soldier inspects a car at a checkpoint in Thy, 15 km (9.3 miles) from Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A Malian soldier inspects a car at a checkpoint in Thy, 15 km (9.3 miles) from Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Malian soldiers inspect a car at a checkpoint in Thy, 15 km (9.3 miles) from Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Malian soldiers inspect a car at a checkpoint in Thy, 15 km (9.3 miles) from Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Malian soldiers inspect a car at a checkpoint in Thy, 15 km (9.3 miles) from Sevare January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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