Malian soldiers with their faces covered sit on a bench in the recently recaptured town of Gao January 27, 2013. French and Malian troops retook the major Saharan trading towns of Gao and Timbuktu from Islamist rebels at the weekend. Picture taken January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Adama Diarra (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3D6LX



Our recent road trip to the city of Gao, center of much of the jihadist troops, revealed suggestions that the area still isn't secure from the threat of more attacks.