Malian and French troops continue Islamist offensive

About 100 soldiers from Togo and Nigeria have already arrived in Bamako, and another 30 or so from Benin are en route to join them
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A Malian soldier holds a machine gun in a jeep on the road back from Mopti, on January 19, 2013 in Kongena. West African leaders Saturday sought urgent financial and logistical aid from the United Nations for a regional force in Mali to boost a French-led offensive against Islamists bearing down from the north. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Malian soldiers are deployed at the Diabaly junction, on January 19, 2013, near the city of Niono. Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on January 19 called for a broader international commitment to the military operations in Mali, where Malian and French forces are battling Islamist militant groups that control the country's vast arid north. Some 2,000 members of MISMA (the International Mission for Mali Assistance), the African intervention force, are expected to be deployed by January 26. About 100 soldiers from Togo and Nigeria have already arrived in Bamako, and another 30 or so from Benin are en route to join them. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Malian soldiers deployed to the city of Niono look on January 19, 2013. Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on January 19 called for a broader international commitment to the military operations in Mali, where Malian and French forces are battling Islamist militant groups that control the country's vast arid north. Some 2,000 members of MISMA (the International Mission for Mali Assistance), the African intervention force, are expected to be deployed by January 26. About 100 soldiers from Togo and Nigeria have already arrived in Bamako, and another 30 or so from Benin are en route to join them. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Internally displaced Aminata Foumba arrives near the city of Niono from Diabaly after a six-day walk with her children, on January 19, 2013, in the city of Niono. Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on January 19 called for a broader international commitment to the military operations in Mali, where Malian and French forces are battling Islamist militant groups that control the country's vast arid north. Some 2,000 members of MISMA (the International Mission for Mali Assistance), the African intervention force, are expected to be deployed by January 26. About 100 soldiers from Togo and Nigeria have already arrived in Bamako, and another 30 or so from Benin are en route to join them. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Malian soldier holds a machine gun in a jeep on the road back from Mopti, on January 19, 2013 in Kongena. West African leaders Saturday sought urgent financial and logistical aid from the United Nations for a regional force in Mali to boost a French-led offensive against Islamists bearing down from the north. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Malian soldier stand guard near a pickup, on January 19, 2013, in city of Niono. Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on January 19 called for a broader international commitment to the military operations in Mali, where Malian and French forces are battling Islamist militant groups that control the country's vast arid north. Some 2,000 members of MISMA (the International Mission for Mali Assistance), the African intervention force, are expected to be deployed by January 26. About 100 soldiers from Togo and Nigeria have already arrived in Bamako, and another 30 or so from Benin are en route to join them. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view of the regional bloc ECOWAS summit on expediting an African force to come to Mali's aid, on January 19, 2013 in Abidjan. Ivorian President and current head of the regional bloc ECOWAS, Alassane Ouattara today called for a broader international commitment to the military operations in Mali, where Malian and French forces are battling Islamist militant groups that control the country's vast arid north. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Malian soldiers controls identity of passengers in a bus coming from Mopti, on January 19, 2013 in Kongena. West African leaders Saturday sought urgent financial and logistical aid from the United Nations for a regional force in Mali to boost a French-led offensive against Islamists bearing down from the north. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Malian man wears a French and a Malian flag on his head and a lapel pin reading 'Francois Hollande, Thank You' at a market in Bamako, on January 19, 2013. Meanwhile West African leaders sought urgent UN aid for a regional force to fight Islamists in Mali as President Francois Hollande said French troops would remain as long as needed to stamp out 'terrorism'. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A refugee (L) coming from Gao stands in the street on January 19, 2013 in San. West African leaders Saturday sought urgent financial and logistical aid from the United Nations for a regional force in Mali to boost a French-led offensive against Islamists bearing down from the north. (AFP/Getty Images)