A Malian soldier partrols in the streets of Kidal 26 May 2006. Mali’s regular army was firmly in control of the northeastern town of Kidal 25 May following an uprising earlier in the week by Tuareg dissidents who took over two military camps in the desert region. The so-called « blue people », named for their protective clothes against the fierce sun and harsh desert conditions, traditionally have scant regard for state borders and wanted social and economic benefits in exchange for becoming more settled. AFP PHOTO / KAMBOU SIA