Soldiers gather in Bamako, Mali, on Thursday at an entrance to the compound containing government ministries after taking power in a coup, Drunken soldiers looted Mali's presidential palace hours after they declared a coup on Thursday, suspending the constitution and dissolving the institutions of one of the few established democracies in this troubled corner of Africa. (Associated Press)
Supporters of Col. Moammar Gadhafi in Bamako, Mali, rally in March in support of the longtime Libyan leader, whose regime was under siege by rebels at the time. Many in Mali mourned the Oct. 20 death of Gadhafi, who was captured and killed by the rebels, because Mali was one of many African nations on which he had lavished some of Libya's oil wealth.
** FILE ** A U.S. Special Forces soldier trains troops from Senegal in combat techniques in Kati, Mali, during a joint training exercise with units from several African armies in the Sahara Desert in June 2010. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb wants to put its footprint on the Arab Spring now that violence is fueling the uprisings. (AP Photo/Alfred de Montesquiou, File)
People look on as security guards clean up personal belongings and debris following a deadly stampede at Modibo Keita Stadium in Bamako, Mali, Monday, Feb. 21, 2011. At least 36 people were killed in the stampede Monday when a crowd surged against a metal barrier after a Muslim ceremony, Mali's minister of interior security and civil protection said. (AP Photo/Martin Vogl)
** FILE ** Malian troops and soldiers from other African countries train with U.S. Special Forces in the Sahara Desert near the town of Gao in northeastern Mali in May 2010. The United States and other Western militaries are providing help to the Sahara region's weak armies, which face growing threats from al-Qaeda-linked militants and drug traffickers. (AP Photo/Alfred de Montesquiou)
United States' Landon Donovan protests as Mali's referee Koman Coulibaly shows a yellow card and not a red card to a Slovenian player during the World Cup group C soccer match between Slovenia and the United States at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, June 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Slovenia's Milivoje Novakovic, center, remonstrates with referee Koman Coulibaly of Mali, second from right, after Slovenia's Zlatan Ljubijankic, bottom, collided with United States' Clint Dempsey, not seen, during the World Cup group C soccer match between Slovenia and the United States at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, June 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
** FILE ** In this March 18, 2004, file photo Malian soldiers from the 512th Motorised Infantry company complete their training by U.S. Special Forces, top, in the desert near Timbuktu in Mali as part of the U.S. Pan-Sahel Initiative to secure the Sahel region from being used by terrorists. A North African faction, which calls itself Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), is still small and largely isolated, numbering a couple hundred militants based mostly in the vast desert of northern Mali. But there are signs of signs of stepped-up activity in the region. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)