French soldiers walk past armored vehicles at a Malian air base in Bamako

 
French soldiers walk past armored vehicles at a Malian air base in Bamako
French soldiers walk past armored vehicles at a Malian air base in Bamako, January 15, 2013. France hit Islamist rebels in Mali with fresh air strikes and deployed armoured cars on Tuesday, stepping up its intervention in the West African state as regional allies struggled to accelerate their plans to send in troops. REUTERS/Joe Penney