Memorial for French pilot killed in Mali
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French military attacks Islamist extremists in northern Mali

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, center, leads a ceremony in Paris to pay tribute to Lt. Damien Boiteux, a French helicopter pilot killed in Mali. (Yoan Valat / EPA)
French troops prepare armored vehicles in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, before their deployment in the north of Mali.  (Eric Feferberg / AFP/Getty Images)
Two French soldiers talk as armored vehicles based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, are prepared to go into Mali.  (Eric Feferberg / AFP/Getty Images)
Soldiers from the 2nd French Navy Infantry Regiment, arriving from France, wait at the 101 military air base near Bamako before their deployment in northern Mali. France is using air and ground power in a joint offensive with Malian soldiers launched on Jan. 11 against hard-line Islamist groups controlling northern Mali. (Eric Feferberg / AFP/Getty Images)
French soldiers sit in a Malian military vehicle at the 101 military air base near Bamako,the capital. France is using air and ground power in a joint offensive with Malian soldiers targeting Islamist militants controlling northern Mali. (Eric Feferberg / AFP/Getty Images)
Mali-bound French military vehicles and other equipment await their flight in the cargo hold of a Royal Air Force C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft at the air base in Evreux, France. Britain is providing logistical support for French soldiers in their effort to halt an advance by Al Qaeda affiliates in Mali. (SAC Dek Traylor / Royal Air Force)
Rafale jet fighters at the Saint-Dizier air base in eastern France are readied for deployment to Mali. French fighter jets bombed rebel targets in a major city in Mali’s north Sunday, pounding the airport as well as training camps, warehouses and buildings used by the Al Qaeda-linked Islamists controlling the area, officials and residents said. (Laure-Anne Maucorps / French Army Communications Audiovisual office)
Troops prepare a French Mirage 2000D fighter jet in N’Djamena, Chad, for carrying out airstrikes in Mali. News reports on Sunday said airstrikes against Islamist rebels in northern Mali were continuing, as Malian government forces backed by French warplanes fought the insurgents for a third day in a joint offensive. (French Army Communications Audiovisual office)
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