French soldiers of the 21st Marine Infantry Regiment board a plane for Bamako, the Mali capital, at N'Djamena's airport in Chad on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. The battle to retake Mali's north from the al-Qaeda-linked groups controlling it began in earnest Saturday, after hundreds of French forces deployed to the country and began aerial bombardments to drive back the Islamic extremists from a town seized earlier this week. (AP Photo/ R.Nicolas-Nelson, French Army Communications Audiovisual Office [ECPAD])

Photo by: Richard Nicolas-Nelson

French soldiers of the 21st Marine Infantry Regiment board a plane for Bamako, the Mali capital, at N'Djamena's airport in Chad on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. The battle to retake Mali's north from the al-Qaeda-linked groups controlling it began in earnest Saturday, after hundreds of French forces deployed to the country and began aerial bombardments to drive back the Islamic extremists from a town seized earlier this week. (AP Photo/ R.Nicolas-Nelson, French Army Communications Audiovisual Office [ECPAD])