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Nigerian troops to join anti-rebel operation in Mali

Close to 200 Nigerian troops are due to arrive in Mali to help fight Islamist insurgents in the country's north.

It is the first West African contingent to join France's anti-rebel operation, launched in Mali on Friday.

In total, 3,300 regional troops will be deployed in the conflict under a UN Security Council resolution. Chad has confirmed it will send 2,000 troops.

Meanwhile French and Malian forces have started the first major ground operation against the militants.

Mark Doyle reports from Bamako.

  • 17 Jan 2013
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