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A file photo taken on August 7, 2012 shows figthers of the Islamic group Ansar Dine standing guard at Kidal airport, northern Mali. Mali's president appealed for international help on January 10, 2013 after Islamists who control the north of the country seized a town in the centre and threatened to march south. While the UN Security Council met for an emergency session in New York to discuss the crisis, witnesses told AFP that foreign troops and weapons had already begun arriving by transport plane Thursday to bolster government forces in central Mali.
A file photo taken on August 7, 2012 shows figthers of the Islamic group Ansar Dine standing guard at Kidal airport, northern Mali. Mali's president appealed for international help on January 10, 2013 after Islamists who control the north of the country seized a town in the centre and threatened to march south. While the UN Security Council met for an emergency session in New York to discuss the crisis, witnesses told AFP that foreign troops and weapons had already begun arriving by transport plane Thursday to bolster government forces in central Mali.

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