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French soldiers take position on February 17, 2013 outside Bourem,... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Army Soldier,Conflict,French Culture,Horizontal,Mali,PositionPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPFrench soldiers take position on February 17, 2013 outside Bourem, northern Mali. Leaders in Africa's Sahel region called on Saturday for further efforts to support Mali as they announced new funds to back a West African force in the country. A French-led military intervention launched on January 11 has driven the Islamist rebels in Mali from the towns they controlled, but concerns remain over stability amid suicide attacks and guerrilla fighting. AFP PHOTO /POOL PASCAL GUYOT (Photo credit should read PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)