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Nigerian soldiers patrol at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Nigerian soldiers patrol at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Nigerian soldiers patrol at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Benin soldiers stand in preparation to leave for their deployment to Mali, in the capital Cotonou January 18, 2013. The contingent of around 30 Benin troops will leave Cotonou for the Mali capital Bamako. REUTERS/Charles Placide (BENIN - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS CONFLICT)

Benin soldiers stand in preparation to leave for their deployment to Mali, in the capital Cotonou January 18, 2013. The contingent of around 30 Benin troops will leave Cotonou for the Mali capital Bamako. REUTERS/Charles Placide (BENIN - Tags:...more

Benin soldiers stand in preparation to leave for their deployment to Mali, in the capital Cotonou January 18, 2013. The contingent of around 30 Benin troops will leave Cotonou for the Mali capital Bamako. REUTERS/Charles Placide (BENIN - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS CONFLICT)
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A French soldier patrols at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A French soldier patrols at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A French soldier patrols at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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A Nigerian soldier patrols at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A Nigerian soldier patrols at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A Nigerian soldier patrols at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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A malian man walks past French helicopters at the Mali air force base near Bamako as French troops await their deployment January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A malian man walks past French helicopters at the Mali air force base near Bamako as French troops await their deployment January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A malian man walks past French helicopters at the Mali air force base near Bamako as French troops await their deployment January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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French soldiers stand guard at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

French soldiers stand guard at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

French soldiers stand guard at the Mali air force base near Bamako as troops await their deployment January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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