French and Malian on Monday forces retook the key town of Diabaly, which had been held for weeks by rebels that are linked to al Qaeda. Diabaly, located just more than 200 miles from the capital, Bamako, had been the main stronghold of the rebels, and one resident said the rebels had fled the town on Monday. Officials said that Malian and French troops also retook the town of Doutenza, one day after the rebels were reported to have also been retreating from the mountainous region of Kidal. The French-led invasion of Mali began on Jan. 11, while about 150 African troops have joined in the fight so far.
RECONQUEST ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP