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French air power stops Mali Islamist advance

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Mali's army took back a key town from Islamist rebels Saturday aided by French air power, opening a dramatic new phase in the conflict that France's leader declared is a battle against terrorism. 

A video grab taken from a clip released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office on January 12, 2013 shows French Mirage 2000 D aircrafts flying over Mali overnight January 11 to 12. Mali's army reclaimed a key town from Islamists after France sent in its air force, opening a dramatic new phase in the conflict with a battle that left dozens of dead rebels strewn across the area.

International momentum to wrest northern Mali back from the control of Al-Qaeda-linked groups built after the French air raids helped reclaim the front-line town of Konna, with Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal each pledging 500 troops to an African force tasked with regaining the north.

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