An RAF Sentinel 'spy plane' has left RAF Waddington to help with the French military effort in Mali. I understand the Sentinel will be based in Senegal and about 70 personnel will deploy with it to keep it running.
The Sentinel is a surveillance aircraft which has been used extensively in Afghanistan and Libya.
One of the two C-17 transport aircraft is still working on the operation although the other is still available if the French need it.
The decision on whether Britain will contribute to the EU's Training Mission in Mali has still to be made.
Throughout ten months of Islamist rule, the people of Timbuktu risked their lives to preserve the artefacts of their ancient heritage.
Francois Hollande is due to visit Timbuktu during his visit to the West African country this weekend. He will be welcomed by many.
Downing Street have been explaining what offers the UK have made to the military effort in Mali.