Malian And French Troops Continue Islamist Offensive

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Internally displaced Aminata Foumba arrives near the city of Niono... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Adult,Africa,Arrival,Child,City,Civilian,Conflict,Displaced People,Girls,Horizontal,Internally Displaced Person,Leaving,Loin Cloth,Mali,Mother,Traditional Clothing,Walking,War,WomenPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPInternally displaced Aminata Foumba arrives near the city of Niono from Diabaly after a six-day walk with her children, on January 19, 2013, in the city of Niono. Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on January 19 called for a broader international commitment to the military operations in Mali, where Malian and French forces are battling Islamist militant groups that control the country's vast arid north. Some 2,000 members of MISMA (the International Mission for Mali Assistance), the African intervention force, are expected to be deployed by January 26. About 100 soldiers from Togo and Nigeria have already arrived in Bamako, and another 30 or so from Benin are en route to join them. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)