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French, Malian troops push north as defence chiefs meet

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French and Malian troops pushed north towards the key Islamist strongholds in northern Mali, as west African defence chiefs gathered in Ivory Coast Saturday to review plans to deploy a regional intervention force. 

French soldiers arrive at the base camp in Sevare on January 25, 2013. French and Malian troops pushed north towards the key Islamist strongholds in northern Mali, as west African defence chiefs gathered in Ivory Coast Saturday to review plans to deploy a regional intervention force.

The emergency meeting in Abidjan is to look at how to get soldiers from the African force on the ground as quickly as possible.

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