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French soldiers are pictured during a mopping up operation on January... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Aeroplane,Air Raid,Army Soldier,Bombing,Conflict,French Culture,Horizontal,Islam,Mali,MopPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPFrench soldiers are pictured during a mopping up operation on January 23, 2013 in Diabaly, which was seized last week by Islamists and then heavily bombed by French planes. The regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has pledged up to 4,000 troops to join a French-led intervention force to stop the advance of Islamist rebels based in northern Mali. AFP PHOTO / FABIO BUCCIARELLI (Photo credit should read FABIO BUCCIARELLI/AFP/Getty Images)