French soldiers test equipment at the Malian air base in Bamako

 
French soldiers test equipment at the Malian air base in Bamako
French soldiers test equipment at the Malian air base in Bamako January 14, 2013. France plans to increase its troops in Mali to 2,500 in the days ahead and is working to speed up the deployment of West African troops for a campaign against Islamist rebels, the government said on Monday. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CONFLICT)