Chadian soldiers patrol the streets of Gao, northern Mali, on Jan. 28, 2013. After securing a strategic bridge and the airport in Gao the day before, Malian troops backed by French helicopters and paratroopers entered the fabled city of Timbuktu, north of Gao, on Monday after al Qaeda-linked militants fled into the desert. (Associated Press)

Photo by: Jerome Delay

Chadian soldiers patrol the streets of Gao, northern Mali, on Jan. 28, 2013. After securing a strategic bridge and the airport in Gao the day before, Malian troops backed by French helicopters and paratroopers entered the fabled city of Timbuktu, north of Gao, on Monday after al Qaeda-linked militants fled into the desert. (Associated Press)