French ground troops ready to battle Islamists in Mali

French army soldiers stand on armoured vehicles as they leave Bamako and start their deployment to the north of Mali as part of the "Serval" operations on January 15, 2013 . (AFP PHOTO /ISSOUF SANOGO)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 16, 2013, on page 1.




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