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French Mirage 2000 D fighter jets of the Nancy-based 3/3 Fighter... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Airport,Bamako,Conflict,Horizontal,Mali,Military HelicopterPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPFrench Mirage 2000 D fighter jets of the Nancy-based 3/3 Fighter Squadron Ardennes taxi on February 18, 2013 at Bamako's airport after a Close Air Support (CAS) mission. European Union foreign ministers on February 18 formally approved the launch of a 500-strong EU military mission to train the Malian army, which has already begun work on the ground. France launched its intervention on January 11, after Mali's interim government called for help fending off the Islamist insurgents as they began to make incursions into government territory. AFP PHOTO /JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)