Mali: BBC reports from inside seized Diabaly
22 January 2013 Last updated at 06:49 GMT
French and Malian troops have seized the key Malian towns of Diabaly and Douentza from militant Islamists.
The Islamist fighters fled after a French bombing campaign began on 11 January. Diabaly had been deliberately targeted for its army garrison and weapons supply.
Residents have revealed that not all the militants were foreign - some were well-known locals who have switched sides.
Andrew Harding reports from Diabaly.