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In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 photo, two young fighters read out Quranic verses for a journalist, at the request of their Islamist commanders, in Douentza, Mali. Across northern Mali, Islamists have plucked and paid for as many as 1,000 children from rural towns and villages devastated by poverty and hunger, The Associated Press has found. Interviews conducted by the AP provide evidence that a new generation in what was long a moderate and stable Muslim nation is becoming radicalized, as the Islamists gather forces to fight a potential military intervention backed by the United Nations. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)

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