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Malian children play football near French army tanks on January 23,... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Armored Tank,Army,Bombing,Child,Conflict,French Culture,Horizontal,Islam,MaliPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMalian children play football near French army tanks on January 23, 2013 in Diabaly, which was seized last week by Islamists and then heavily bombed by French planes. The regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has pledged up to 4,000 troops to join a French-led intervention force to stop the advance of Islamist rebels based in northern Mali. AFP PHOTO / FABIO BUCCIARELLI (Photo credit should read FABIO BUCCIARELLI/AFP/Getty Images)