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Mali bridge conflict

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Islamists destroy bridge on the road to Gao, a Malian city occupied by extremists, as French launch air strikes.
French-led troops in Mali have captured an airport and a bridge in the Islamist-held town of Gao.
Mali bridge conflict

A Malian soldier guards the entrance of the strategic bridge of Merkala upon the Niger river on January 24, 2013 . One of the main Islamist groups occupying northern Mali split Thursday, with the breakaway faction saying it was ready for talks to end a two-week-old French-led offensive, amid growing concerns over rights abuses by government troops.

ERIC FEFERBERG