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A picture taken on April 7, 2012 shows Moussa Ag Assarid, Malian... News PhotoAsking,France,Horizontal,Independence,Mali,North,Paris - France,Politics,Showing,Spokesman,TalkingPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFP(FILES) A picture taken on April 7, 2012 shows Moussa Ag Assarid, Malian spokesman for the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), speaking during a demonstration to ask for the independence of the Malian northern region of Azawad, in Paris. Ethnic Tuareg separatists are ready to support the French military intervention in Mali by taking on Islamist rebels on the ground in the north of the country, one of their senior officials told AFP on January 14, 2013. 'We're ready to help, we are already involved in the fight against terrorism,' Moussa Ag Assarid, a representative of the Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA), said by telephone from northern Mali. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE VERDY (Photo credit should read PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)