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French troops, aboard an armoured vehicle, guard the Timbuktu airport in this January 28, 2013 picture provided by the French Military audiovisual service (ECPAD) January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Arnaud Roine/ECPAD/Handout

French troops, aboard an armoured vehicle, guard the Timbuktu airport in this January 28, 2013 picture provided by the French Military audiovisual service (ECPAD) January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Arnaud Roine/ECPAD/Handout

French troops, aboard an armoured vehicle, guard the Timbuktu airport in this January 28, 2013 picture provided by the French Military audiovisual service (ECPAD) January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Arnaud Roine/ECPAD/Handout
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French troops aboard a tank are greeted by the population as they arrive in Timbuktu in this January 28, 2013 picture provided by the French Military audiovisual service (ECPAD) January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Arnaud Roine/ECPAD/Handout

French troops aboard a tank are greeted by the population as they arrive in Timbuktu in this January 28, 2013 picture provided by the French Military audiovisual service (ECPAD) January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Arnaud Roine/ECPAD/Handout

French troops aboard a tank are greeted by the population as they arrive in Timbuktu in this January 28, 2013 picture provided by the French Military audiovisual service (ECPAD) January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Arnaud Roine/ECPAD/Handout
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Cows graze in a compound hit by French air strikes Douentza January 29 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Cows graze in a compound hit by French air strikes Douentza January 29 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Cows graze in a compound hit by French air strikes Douentza January 29 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Douentza residents Hamidou Dicko (L) and Ousmane Togo survey the remains of a hotel in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Douentza residents Hamidou Dicko (L) and Ousmane Togo survey the remains of a hotel in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Douentza residents Hamidou Dicko (L) and Ousmane Togo survey the remains of a hotel in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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The remains of a hotel hit by French air strikes are seen in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

The remains of a hotel hit by French air strikes are seen in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

The remains of a hotel hit by French air strikes are seen in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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An armored vehicle hit by French air strikes lies in the sand in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

An armored vehicle hit by French air strikes lies in the sand in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

An armored vehicle hit by French air strikes lies in the sand in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A sign for the radical Islamist group MUJAO is seen in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A sign for the radical Islamist group MUJAO is seen in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A sign for the radical Islamist group MUJAO is seen in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Douentza resident Hamidou Dicko stands next to a charred vehicle hit by French air strikes in the remains of a hotel in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Douentza resident Hamidou Dicko stands next to a charred vehicle hit by French air strikes in the remains of a hotel in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Douentza resident Hamidou Dicko stands next to a charred vehicle hit by French air strikes in the remains of a hotel in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A view shows the remains of a hotel hit by French air strikes in Douentza, Mali January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A view shows the remains of a hotel hit by French air strikes in Douentza, Mali January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A view shows the remains of a hotel hit by French air strikes in Douentza, Mali January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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