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Chief of staff of the French troops, Admiral Edouard Guillaud,... News PhotoAdmiral,Africa,Air Attack,Answering,Armed Forces,Army,Army Soldier,Conflict,Death,Defense Minister,France,French Culture,Horizontal,Journalist,Paris - France,Politics,Press Conference,Speech,VictimPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPChief of staff of the French troops, Admiral Edouard Guillaud, answers to journalists during a press conference of French Defense Minister, on January 12, 2013 in Paris. The minister said that a French pilot was killed on January 11 during a helicopter raid to prevent Islamist groups controlling northern Mali from advancing toward the capital Bamako. The raid was carried out to support Mali ground troops in the battle for the key town of Kona. Backed by French air power, Malian troops on January 11 unleashed an offensive against Islamist rebels who, having seized control of the north of the country in March last year, were threatening to push south. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)