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Military planners draw up plans to recapture northern Mali

BAMAKO - Military experts from Africa, the United Nations and Europe have drawn up preliminary plans to recapture northern Mali from al-Qaida-linked rebels, African officials said on Tuesday.
A source with knowledge of the plan said it will involve a force of more than 4,000 personnel, mostly from West African countries."Every military option will be used - ground and air," the source said, asking not to be named.
The crisis in Mali has become a security concern for Western governments worried its vast desert could turn into a training ground for militants.
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