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France bombs Islamist strongholds in north Mali

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A still image from video released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013 shows French fitting rockets to a plane in Ndjamena. REUTERS/ECPAD via Reuters Tv/Handout

A still image from video released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013 shows French fitting rockets to a plane in Ndjamena. REUTERS/ECPAD via Reuters Tv/Handout
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French military prepares a Mirage 2000D fighter plane in N'Djamena, Chad, in this photo released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013. REUTERS/ECPAD/Adj. Nicolas Richard/Handout

French military prepares a Mirage 2000D fighter plane in N'Djamena, Chad, in this photo released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013. REUTERS/ECPAD/Adj. Nicolas Richard/Handout
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Malians have their blood drawn during a blood drive for Malian soldiers fighting al Qaeda-linked Islamists in northern Mali, in Bamako January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malians have their blood drawn during a blood drive for Malian soldiers fighting al Qaeda-linked Islamists in northern Mali, in Bamako January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A man (C) weighs himself during a blood drive for Malian soldiers fighting al Qaeda-linked Islamists in northern Mali, in Bamako January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A man (C) weighs himself during a blood drive for Malian soldiers fighting al Qaeda-linked Islamists in northern Mali, in Bamako January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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French President Francois Hollande (R) speaks with members of Malian associations in France during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

French President Francois Hollande (R) speaks with members of Malian associations in France during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
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A still image from video released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013 shows French fitting rockets to a plane in Ndjamena. French forces carried out a second day of air strikes against Islamist rebels in Mali on Saturday and sent troops to protect the capital Bamako in an operation involving several hundred soldiers, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. REUTERS/ECPAD via Reuters...more

A still image from video released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013 shows French fitting rockets to a plane in Ndjamena. French forces carried out a second day of air strikes against Islamist rebels in Mali on Saturday and sent troops to protect the capital Bamako in an operation involving several hundred soldiers, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. REUTERS/ECPAD via Reuters Tv/Handout
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French fighter pilots prepare for a mission in N'Djamena, Chad, in this photo released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013. REUTERS/ECPAD/Adj. Nicolas Richard/Handout

French fighter pilots prepare for a mission in N'Djamena, Chad, in this photo released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013. REUTERS/ECPAD/Adj. Nicolas Richard/Handout
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French troops prepare to board a transport plane in N'Djamena, Chad, in this photo released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013. REUTERS/ECPAD/Adj. Nicolas Richard/Handout

French troops prepare to board a transport plane in N'Djamena, Chad, in this photo released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013. REUTERS/ECPAD/Adj. Nicolas Richard/Handout
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French troops are briefed for a mission in N'Djamena, Chad, in this photo released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013. REUTERS/ECPAD/Adj. Nicolas Richard/Handout

French troops are briefed for a mission in N'Djamena, Chad, in this photo released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013. REUTERS/ECPAD/Adj. Nicolas Richard/Handout
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A French military Mirage 2000D fighter plane is refuelled in the air over N'Djamena, Chad in this photo released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013.REUTERS/ECPAD/Adj. Nicolas Richard/Handout

A French military Mirage 2000D fighter plane is refuelled in the air over N'Djamena, Chad in this photo released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013.REUTERS/ECPAD/Adj. Nicolas Richard/Handout
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A French soldier prepares his equipment in Ndjamena, Chad, in this photo released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013. REUTERS/ECPAD/Adj. Nicolas Richard/Handout

A French soldier prepares his equipment in Ndjamena, Chad, in this photo released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013. REUTERS/ECPAD/Adj. Nicolas Richard/Handout
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A still image from video released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013 shows French Mirage 3000 aircrafts in flight. French forces carried out a second day of air strikes against Islamist rebels in Mali on Saturday and sent troops to protect the capital Bamako in an operation involving several hundred soldiers, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. REUTERS/ECPAD via Reuters Tv/Handout

A still image from video released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on January 12, 2013 shows French Mirage 3000 aircrafts in flight. French forces carried out a second day of air strikes against Islamist rebels in Mali on Saturday and sent troops to protect the capital Bamako in an operation involving several hundred soldiers, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. REUTERS/ECPAD via Reuters Tv/Handout
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Malian soldiers drive on the streets of the capital Bamako, January 12 2013. ECOWAS will begin sending soldiers to Mali by Monday as part of a mission to drive al Qaeda-linked fighters from the country's north, an Ivory Coast government official said on Saturday. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldiers drive on the streets of the capital Bamako, January 12 2013. ECOWAS will begin sending soldiers to Mali by Monday as part of a mission to drive al Qaeda-linked fighters from the country's north, an Ivory Coast government official said on Saturday. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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British Islamists protest outside the French Embassy in London January 12, 2013. - French aircraft pounded Islamist fighters in Mali for a second day on Saturday and neighbouring states accelerated plans to send in troops in an international campaign to crush the rebels. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

British Islamists protest outside the French Embassy in London January 12, 2013. - French aircraft pounded Islamist fighters in Mali for a second day on Saturday and neighbouring states accelerated plans to send in troops in an international campaign to crush the rebels. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
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