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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY COUMBA SYLLA UNICEF representative in Mali,... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Belgium,Conflict,Dakar,Mali,Portrait,Senegal,VerticalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPTO GO WITH AFP STORY BY COUMBA SYLLA UNICEF representative in Mali, Francoise Ackermans of Belgium, poses on February 11, 2013 in Dakar. Ackermans said child soldiers were deployed by groups who has seized northern Mali in 2012. France launched an operation in the African country on January 11 after Mali's interim government requested help. It sent in fighter jets, attack helicopters and ground troops to battle Islamist rebels who had seized the north and were advancing into southern territory. AFP PHOTO SEYLLOU DIALLO (Photo credit should read SEYLLOU DIALLO/AFP/Getty Images)