A French Foreign Legion soldier wearing a skeleton mask stands next to an armored vehicle in a street in Niono, Mali on Jan. 20. On the same day, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced on French television that the goal of France's military action in the country "is the total reconquest of Mali." "We will not leave any pockets [of resistance]," Le Drian said. For more in the intervention, check out our collection of rare postcards from Mali's colonial past.
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