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The first Burkinabe miltary patrol, as members of the African forces... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Arrival,Burkina Faso,Conflict,Horizontal,Mali,PeoplePhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPThe first Burkinabe miltary patrol, as members of the African forces in Mali, arrives in Merkala, on January 24, 2013 . The first of the 6,000 troops pledged by African nations to support France started heading north, moving closer to the areas a trio of Al Qaeda-linked groups seized in April in the chaotic aftermath of a coup in Bamako. AFP PHOTO /ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)