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A Malian soldier walks Jan. 21, 2013, inside a military camp used by radical Islamists and bombarded by French warplanes in Diabaly, Mali, some 460 kilometers (320 miles) north of the capital Bamako. French and Malian troops took control Monday of the town of Diabaly, patrolling the streets in armored personnel carriers and inspecting the charred remains of a pickup truck with a mounted machine gun left behind by the fleeing militants. (Associated Press)

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A Malian soldier walks Jan. 21, 2013, inside a military camp used by radical Islamists and bombarded by French warplanes in Diabaly, Mali, some 460 kilometers (320 miles) north of the capital Bamako. French and Malian troops took control Monday of the town of Diabaly, patrolling the streets in armored personnel carriers and inspecting the charred remains of a pickup truck with a mounted machine gun left behind by the fleeing militants. (Associated Press)

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A French soldier secures a perimeter on the outskirts of Diabaly, Mali, on Monday. French and Malian troops took control of the city whose capture by radical Islamists a week earlier prompted the French intervention. "We are truly really grateful to the French who came in the nick of time," a resident said. (Associated Press)

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** File ** A French soldier secures a perimeter on the outskirts of Diabaly, Mali. (Associated Press)

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A French soldier secures a perimeter on the outskirt of Diabaly, Mali, some 460kms (320 miles) north of the capital Bamako Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. French and Malian troops were in the city whose capture by radical Islamists prompted the French military intervention. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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A French soldier secures a perimeter on the outskirt of Diabaly, Mali, some 460kms (320 miles) north of the capital Bamako Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. French and Malian troops were in the city whose capture by radical Islamists prompted the French military intervention. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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Malian soldiers are jubilant as they return to Niono, Mali, from Diabaly, some 300 miles north of the capital, Bamako, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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Malian soldiers are jubilant as they return to Niono, Mali, from Diabaly, some 300 miles north of the capital, Bamako, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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A French soldier mans a machine gun as French troops pass through San in central Mali en route to Sevare, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)

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A French soldier mans a machine gun as French troops pass through San in central Mali en route to Sevare, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)

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French troops arrive at Bamako's airport on Jan. 17, 2013, as fighting raged in one Mali town, airstrikes hit another and army troops raced to protect a third on the seventh day of the French-led military intervention to wrest back Mali's north from al Qaeda-linked groups. (Associated Press)

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French troops arrive at Bamako's airport on Jan. 17, 2013, as fighting raged in one Mali town, airstrikes hit another and army troops raced to protect a third on the seventh day of the French-led military intervention to wrest back Mali's north from al Qaeda-linked groups. (Associated Press)

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Fighters from the al Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine stand guard in Timbuktu, Mali, as they prepare to publicly lash a member of the Islamic Police found guilty of adultery. (Associated Press)

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Fighters from the al Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine stand guard in Timbuktu, Mali, as they prepare to publicly lash a member of the Islamic Police found guilty of adultery. (Associated Press)

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The French military moves in at the airport in Bamako, Mali. Islamists prevented residents from leaving the towns they are holding, and some fear they will be used as human targets. (Associated Press)

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French troops stand guard along the road leading from Markala to Niono in central Mali on Wednesday as they pressed northward toward territory occupied by radical Islamists. In announcing the start of the land assault, military officials said soldiers would be in direct combat "within hours." (Associated Press)

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French troops stand guard along the road leading from Markala to Niono in central Mali on Wednesday as they pressed northward toward territory occupied by radical Islamists. In announcing the start of the land assault, military officials said soldiers would be in direct combat "within hours." (Associated Press)

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Legionnaires of France's 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment, based in Orange, France, deploy at the airport in Bamako, Mali. An official at France's Defense Ministry says the country will "gradually deploy" a total of 2,500 troops to Mali, and the French president says the military operation will last until security has been restored and African forces are ready to take charge. (AP Photo/Arnaud Roine, French Army Communications Audiovisual Office [ECPAD])

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Legionnaires of France's 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment, based in Orange, France, deploy at the airport in Bamako, Mali. An official at France's Defense Ministry says the country will "gradually deploy" a total of 2,500 troops to Mali, and the French president says the military operation will last until security has been restored and African forces are ready to take charge. (AP Photo/Arnaud Roine, French Army Communications Audiovisual Office [ECPAD])

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Soldiers man a checkpoint at a bridge in Markala, approximately 40 km outside Segou on the road to Diabaly, in central Mali, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)