A French soldier directs helicopters near Timbuktu, Mali, on Jan. 28, 2013. Backed by French helicopters and paratroopers, Malian soldiers entered the fabled city of Timbuktu on Monday after al Qaeda-linked militants who ruled the outpost by fear for nearly 10 months fled into the desert, setting fire to a library that held thousands of manuscripts dating to the Middle Ages. (Associated Press/French Army Communications Audiovisual office)

Photo by: Arnaud Roine

A French soldier directs helicopters near Timbuktu, Mali, on Jan. 28, 2013. Backed by French helicopters and paratroopers, Malian soldiers entered the fabled city of Timbuktu on Monday after al Qaeda-linked militants who ruled the outpost by fear for nearly 10 months fled into the desert, setting fire to a library that held thousands of manuscripts dating to the Middle Ages. (Associated Press/French Army Communications Audiovisual office)