In this Nov. 24, 2012 photo, soldiers from a Malian army special unit carry their weapons following a training exercise in the Barbe military zone, in Mopti, Mali. (AP Photo/Francois Rihouay)
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Two hundred young Malian extremists are ready to lay down their weapons as part of a new government and civil society deradicalization program its organizers said Tuesday.Mopti borders the northern area of Mali that was overrun by Al-Qaeda-linked extremist groups and Tuareg-led rebels in 2012 .Those involved in central Mali's extremists demobilization drive include representatives from central and local governments, religious leaders and other prominent figures, campaigners told AFP.The young people were not being paid to leave but had received free meals, they said.
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