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France bombs Islamist strongholds in north Mali

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

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

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

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

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

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 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. French forces carried out a second day of air strikes against Islamist rebels in...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

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

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

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

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

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...more

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...more

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...more

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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