Malian And French Troops Continue Islamist Offensive


A Malian soldier poses on January 19 in Niono. West African leaders... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Africa,Armed Forces,Army Soldier,Cigarette,Conflict,Effigy,Horizontal,Mali,Military,Portrait,Rifle,War,WeaponPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA Malian soldier poses on January 19, 2013, in Niono. West African leaders today urged more global involvement to fight Islamists in Mali as President Francois Hollande said French troops would remain there as long as needed to 'defeat terrorism'. Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, who is also current head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional bloc, said was high time others did their bit to help end the crisis. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)