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African troops headed to Mali

LAGOS — Troops from a regional West African force will be in Mali within days, Nigeria says, to help a French intervention against Islamist rebels.

West African military commanders have been meeting in Mali’s capital, with one Ivory Coast general saying the plan was to “liberate northern Mali”.

France has 750 troops in Mali and is expected to increase that to 2,500.

It began its intervention last Friday with the aim of halting the Islamists’ advance south. (BBC)

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