Nigeria battalion 1 troops, part of the African led international support mission to Mali sing before their departure, at the peace keeping centre in Jaji, Kaduna, Nigeria, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. ... more 
Nigeria battalion 1 troops, part of the African led international support mission to Mali sing before their departure, at the peace keeping centre in Jaji, Kaduna, Nigeria, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. The Federal Government has approved the immediate deployment of 900 troops as part of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States ) force to push for the emancipation of Northern Mali from the grip of Islamists. (AP Photo) less 
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Thu, Jan 17, 2013 2:14 PM EST