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Mali conflict: West African troops to arrive 'in days'

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

The force's commander, Gen Shehu Abdulkadir, confirmed the move to the BBC as regional military commanders met in Mali's capital, Bamako.

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

Frank Gardner reports.

  • 15 Jan 2013
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