epa03535268 A photograph made available on 14 January 2012, by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows a Rafale fighter plane on the start for operation in Mali, on 13 January 2013, in Saint-Dizier, France. Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told i-Tele channel that the strikes aimed to prepare the ground for a combined Malian and African force to retake control of the country by attacking camps, infrastructure and warehouses. On Sunday four Rafale jets sent from France went into action alongside Mirage jets and helicopters. EPA/LA.Maucorps/Armée de l’air / ECPAD HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES +++(c) dpa – Bildfunk+++
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