In this picture dated Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 and released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) a soldier directs a French Mirage 2000D after landing at Bamako a

 

              In this picture dated Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 and released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) a soldier directs a French Mirage 2000D after landing at Bamako a
In this picture dated Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 and released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) a soldier directs a French Mirage 2000D after landing at Bamako airport, Mali. Mali’s military claimed Friday that it has held control of a key town where Islamic extremists had battled forces for a week, though aid groups said they were unable to reach the area to provide humanitarian assistance. (AP Photo/Jeremy Lempin, ECPAD)