Fierce fighting rages in Mali

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A French soldier secures a perimeter on the outskirt of Diabaly,  Mali, some  460kms (320 miles) north of the capital Bamako Monday Jan. 21, 2013.  French and Malian troops were in the city whose capture by radical Islamists prompted the French military intervention. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Feb. 21, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces.

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