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French Gazelles helicopters from the 5th RHC are parked on the 101... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Airfield,Bamako,Conflict,Helicopter,Horizontal,MaliPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPFrench Gazelles helicopters from the 5th RHC (Combat Helicopter Regiment) are parked on the 101 airbase near Bamako on January 18, 2013. France now has 1,800 troops on the ground in Mali, inching closer to the goal of 2,500 it plans to deploy in its African former colony, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said today. That was 400 more than a day earlier, said the minister as he met with French special forces in the western port of Lorient. The troops have been sent to help the Malian army regain control of the north from Islamist groups. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)