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**FILE** Fighters from Islamist group Ansar Dine stand guard Aug. 31, 2012, in Timbuktu, Mali, as they prepare to publicly lash a member of the Islamic Police found guilty of adultery. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Fighters from Islamist group Ansar Dine stand guard Aug. 31, 2012, in Timbuktu, Mali, as they prepare to publicly lash a member of the Islamic Police found guilty of adultery. (Associated Press)

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FILE In this Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 file photo, fighters from Islamist group Ansar Dine stand guard as they prepare to publicly lash a member of the Islamic Police found guilty of adultery, in Timbuktu, Mali. Ordinary Malians and international experts alike are not sure what will reunite and bring back political stability to a country that until recently had a reputation as one of West Africa's most steady democracies. Representatives of the United Nations, the African Union and regional body ECOWAS are to consider the situation on Oct. 19, 2012 in a meeting in Mali's capital, Bamako. (AP Photo, File)

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FILE In this Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 file photo, fighters from Islamist group Ansar Dine stand guard as they prepare to publicly lash a member of the Islamic Police found guilty of adultery, in Timbuktu, Mali. Ordinary Malians and international experts alike are not sure what will reunite and bring back political stability to a country that until recently had a reputation as one of West Africa's most steady democracies. Representatives of the United Nations, the African Union and regional body ECOWAS are to consider the situation on Oct. 19, 2012 in a meeting in Mali's capital, Bamako. (AP Photo, File)

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Two young fighters recite Koranic verses for a journalist, at the request of their Islamist commanders, in Douentza, Mali, late last month. Across northern Mali, Islamists have recruited and paid for as many as 1,000 children from poverty-stricken rural towns and villages, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. Interviews provide evidence that a new generation in what was long a moderate and stable Muslim nation is becoming radicalized. (The Associated Press)

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Two young fighters recite Koranic verses for a journalist, at the request of their Islamist commanders, in Douentza, Mali, late last month. Across northern Mali, Islamists have recruited and paid for as many as 1,000 children from poverty-stricken rural towns and villages, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. Interviews provide evidence that a new generation in what was long a moderate and stable Muslim nation is becoming radicalized. (The Associated Press)

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Young fighters, including 13-year-old Abdullahi (right) and 14-year-old Hamadi (second right), display their Quranic studies notes for a journalist as their Islamist commanders watch in Douentza, Mali, on Sept. 27, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Young fighters, including 13-year-old Abdullahi (right) and 14-year-old Hamadi (second right), display their Quranic studies notes for a journalist as their Islamist commanders watch in Douentza, Mali, on Sept. 27, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Fighters from Islamist group Ansar Dine stand guard during a hostage handover in the desert outside Timbuktu, Mali. Allied Islamist groups Ansar Dine and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, or MUJAO, are applying strict Shariah justice across the northern half of Mali, which fell to the al-Qaeda-linked rebels. (Associated Press)

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Fighters from Islamist group Ansar Dine stand guard during a hostage handover in the desert outside Timbuktu, Mali. Allied Islamist groups Ansar Dine and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, or MUJAO, are applying strict Shariah justice across the northern half of Mali, which fell to the al-Qaeda-linked rebels. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** A U.S. Special Forces soldier trains troops from Senegal in combat techniques in Kati, Mali, during a joint training exercise with units from several African armies in the Sahara Desert in June 2010. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb wants to put its footprint on the Arab Spring now that violence is fueling the uprisings. (AP Photo/Alfred de Montesquiou, File)

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**FILE** Malian troops and soldiers from other African countries train with U.S. Special Forces in the Sahara Desert near the town of Gao in northeastern Mali in May 2010. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Malian troops and soldiers from other African countries train with U.S. Special Forces in the Sahara Desert near the town of Gao in northeastern Mali in May 2010. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo (right) speaks March 29, 2012, during a walkabout at the airport in Bamako, Mali. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** People wait for coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo to make an appearance March 28, 2012, at the office of the Prime Minister in Bamako, Mali, as thousands rallied in a show of support for the recent military coup. (Associated Press)

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Coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo speaks at junta headquarters in Kati, on the outskirts of Bamako, Mali, on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Malian soldiers from the 512th Motorized Infantry Company complete their training by U.S. Special Forces (top) in the desert near Timbuktu in Mali in March 2004 as part of the U.S. Pan-Sahel Initiative to secure the Sahel region from being used by terrorists. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo has led a coup in Mali that has the West African economic bloc, ECOWAS, threatening military force if he doesn't step down. (Associated Press)

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Demonstrators march along a central street in Bamako, Mali, on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, as thousands rallied in a show of support for the recent military coup. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS People in Mali wait outside a travel agency Tuesday to buy tickets. The country's airport reopened almost a week after a military coup. The body representing nations in western Africa suspended Mali and put a peacekeeping force on standby.