Daily life continues at a port along the Niger river in Segou, central Mali, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. After a punishing bombing campaign failed to stop the southward advance of al-Qaida-linked fighters, France announced Tuesday that it is tripling the number of troops deployed to Mali, strongly suggesting that French forces are preparing for a land assault to dislodge the extremists. Over the weekend, the rebels made their way to the rice-growing region just north of the main city in central Mali, Segou. The rebels cut across in a knifing movement, first cutting in through the road connecting Diabaly, home to an important military camp and a population of 35,000, and Niono, the last town before Segou.(AP Photo/Harouna Traore)

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Daily life continues at a port along the Niger river in Segou, central Mali, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. After a punishing bombing campaign failed to stop the southward advance of al-Qaida-linked fighters, France announced Tuesday that it is tripling the number of troops deployed to Mali, strongly suggesting that French forces are preparing for a land assault to dislodge the extremists. Over the weekend, the rebels made their way to the rice-growing region just north of the main city in central Mali, Segou. The rebels cut across in a knifing movement, first cutting in through the road connecting Diabaly, home to an important military camp and a population of 35,000, and Niono, the last town before Segou.(AP Photo/Harouna Traore)
Daily life continues at a port along the Niger river in Segou, central Mali, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. After a punishing bombing campaign failed to stop the southward advance of al-Qaida-linked fighters, France announced Tuesday that it is tripling the number of troops deployed to Mali, strongly suggesting that French forces are preparing for a land assault to dislodge the extremists. Over the weekend, the rebels made their way to the rice-growing region just north of the main city in central Mali, Segou. The rebels cut across in a knifing movement, first cutting in through the road connecting Diabaly, home to an important military camp and a population of 35,000, and Niono, the last town before Segou.(AP Photo/Harouna Traore)
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