February 25, 2013
From Mali Conflict Enters New Phase, one of 37 photos. Malian soldiers fight while clashes erupted in the city of Gao on February 21, 2013 and an apparent car bomb struck near a camp housing French troops as Malian and foreign forces struggled to secure Mali’s volatile north against Islamist rebels. (Frederic Lafargue/AFP/Getty Images)

From Mali Conflict Enters New Phase, one of 37 photos. Malian soldiers fight while clashes erupted in the city of Gao on February 21, 2013 and an apparent car bomb struck near a camp housing French troops as Malian and foreign forces struggled to secure Mali’s volatile north against Islamist rebels. (Frederic Lafargue/AFP/Getty Images)

January 25, 2013
From The Conflict in Mali, one of 36 photos. A soldier of the French foreign legion wearing a skeleton mask stands next to an armored vehicle in a street in Niono, Mali, on January 20, 2013. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said today that the goal of France’s military action in Mali was to retake control of the entire country from Islamist militants who have seized the north. “The goal is the total reconquest of Mali. We will not leave any pockets” of resistance, Le Drian said on French television. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

From The Conflict in Mali, one of 36 photos. A soldier of the French foreign legion wearing a skeleton mask stands next to an armored vehicle in a street in Niono, Mali, on January 20, 2013. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said today that the goal of France’s military action in Mali was to retake control of the entire country from Islamist militants who have seized the north. “The goal is the total reconquest of Mali. We will not leave any pockets” of resistance, Le Drian said on French television. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

September 18, 2012
From Mali After the Coup, one of 28 photos. Small-scale gold miner Modibo “Fama” Kone, 57, stands in an area where he is panning for gold in Kalana, Mali, on August 26, 2012. Mali faces serious difficulties following a March coup d’etat that has since collapsed, leaving Islamist militant groups to fill the void and form an extremist ministate in northern Mali. The collapse of state governance has chased away foreign investment, and tourism has dropped precipitously. (Reuters/Joe Penney)

From Mali After the Coup, one of 28 photos. Small-scale gold miner Modibo “Fama” Kone, 57, stands in an area where he is panning for gold in Kalana, Mali, on August 26, 2012. Mali faces serious difficulties following a March coup d’etat that has since collapsed, leaving Islamist militant groups to fill the void and form an extremist ministate in northern Mali. The collapse of state governance has chased away foreign investment, and tourism has dropped precipitously. (Reuters/Joe Penney)