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Chadian soldiers stand in front of their armoured vehicles as they... News Photo 159972916Africa,Armed Forces,Armored Vehicle,Army,Army Soldier,Arsenal,Artillery,Camp,Chad,Conflict,Horizontal,Leaving,Mali,Military,Military Base,Mode of Transport,Niamey,Niger,Politics,Preparation,Standing,Tank,WarPhotographer AFPCollection: AFP 2013 AFPChadian soldiers stand in front of their armoured vehicles as they prepare to leave a military camp on the outskirts of Niamey on January 24, 2013, on their way to Mali. Chad has doubled its troops arriving in Niger to help local forces mount a new front to battle Islamists in the northern Malian city of Gao, from 200 to 400, acccording to a Chadian military source. African nations jolted into action by France's surprise intervention in Mali responded with swift troop pledges but a lack of funds, equipment and battle readiness has slowed their deployment, diplomats say. AFP PHOTO / BOUREIMA HAMA (Photo credit should read BOUREIMA HAMA/AFP/Getty Images)