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FILE - A Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 photo from files showing a man carrying a sign reading "No to the destructive soldiers of ECOWAS" as Malians opposed to a military intervention to retake Mali's Islamist-controlled north march in the streets of the capital, Bamako, Mali. Two land-locked, desperately poor African countries many Americans would struggle to find on a map are both gripped by rebellions in the north that have left huge chunks of both nations outside of government control. So why are neighbors rushing troops into Central African Republic after only a few weeks, while Mali is still awaiting military help from its region nearly one year after its political chaos began? (AP Photo/Harouna Traore, File)

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