Photo Gallery: The French Move into Mali
01/14/2013
France's decision late last week to launch a military offensive in Mali to...
AP/Laure-Anne Maucorps, ECPAD

France's decision late last week to launch a military offensive in Mali to protect the southern half of the country from being overrun by Islamist extremists caught the international community off guard. Here, a photo taken on Sunday showing French soldiers preparing a Rafale jetfighter at Saint Dizier airbase in eastern France for a mission to Mali.