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French troops advance in Mali as Islamists melt away

French soldiers stand on a tank in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

French soldiers stand on a tank in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

French soldiers stand on a tank in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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French army Lieutenant Colonel Frederic (C) and Malian army Colonel Seydou Sokoba answer questions from journalists in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

French army Lieutenant Colonel Frederic (C) and Malian army Colonel Seydou Sokoba answer questions from journalists in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

French army Lieutenant Colonel Frederic (C) and Malian army Colonel Seydou Sokoba answer questions from journalists in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A Malian soldier peeks through a doorway behind which Malian and French soldiers are stationed in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A Malian soldier peeks through a doorway behind which Malian and French soldiers are stationed in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A Malian soldier peeks through a doorway behind which Malian and French soldiers are stationed in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A French soldier is reflected in the mirror of a military jeep in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A French soldier is reflected in the mirror of a military jeep in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A French soldier is reflected in the mirror of a military jeep in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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French soldiers chat and play cards in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

French soldiers chat and play cards in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

French soldiers chat and play cards in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A French soldier sends a text message in front of a restaurant in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A French soldier sends a text message in front of a restaurant in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A French soldier sends a text message in front of a restaurant in Niono January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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