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France began a series of preemptive strikes on Islamic militant-held... News PhotoDigitalGlobe,France,Gao Region,Geographical Locations,Human Settlement,Image,Islam,Mali,Progress,Satellite View,Science and Technology,Vertical,WindPhotographer Collection: DigitalGlobe 2013 DigitalGlobeGAO, MALI-JANUARY 12, 2013: France began a series of preemptive strikes on Islamic militant-held areas in Mali to stop their un-checked progress, including locations in Gao. Overnight air strikes hit key buildings and warehouses in Gao—reportedly part of militant facilities— as seen in this image from January 12, 2013. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)