In this picture released by the French Army Communication Audiovisual office (ECPAD) French military vehicles drive to the north of Mali, at an undisclosed location, Wednesday, Jan. 16,

 

              In this picture released by the French Army Communication Audiovisual office (ECPAD) French military vehicles drive to the north of Mali, at an undisclosed location, Wednesday, Jan. 16,
In this picture released by the French Army Communication Audiovisual office (ECPAD) French military vehicles drive to the north of Mali, at an undisclosed location, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. French troops pressed northward in Mali toward territory occupied by radical Islamists on Wednesday, military officials said, announcing the start of a land assault that will put soldiers in direct combat "within hours." (AP Photo/Arnaud Roine, ECPAD)