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Western Forces Try To Stem Jihadist Advances In Africa

French soldiers man a checkpoint at the French controlled area of the Bamako airport.
French soldiers man a checkpoint at the French controlled area of the Bamako airport.

SAHARA DESERT, Niger — A group of light armored vehicles skated over the moonscape of the Sahara, part of one of the largest detachments the French military has deployed here since colonial times.

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