Crisis in Mali West Scrambles to Counter Islamist Offensive

France led the West on Friday in offering to help Mali's interim government push back a surprise offensive launched Thursday by Islamist forces from the north. Elite French troops are reportedly already on the ground.
This handout photo reportedly shows Islamist fighters preparing for war in northern Mali.

This handout photo reportedly shows Islamist fighters preparing for war in northern Mali.

Foto: AFP PHOTO / SITE Monitoring Service