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Locals welcome French soldiers in Bourem northen Mali on February 17,... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Africa,Armed Forces,Army Soldier,Civilian,Conflict,Desert,Flag,French Army,Horizontal,Joy,Mali,Military,People,Sahel,WarPhotographer Collection: AFP Locals welcome French soldiers in Bourem northen Mali on February 17, 2013. 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)