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Children celebrate in Niafounke as Malian and French soldiers entered... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Africa,Army Soldier,Celebration,Child,City,Civilian,Conflict,Entering,French Culture,Gesturing,Greeting,History,Horizontal,Islam,Joy,Mali,Month,People,Releasing,Sharia,Smiling,Timbuktu - Mali,WarPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPChildren celebrate in Niafounke as Malian and French soldiers entered the historic city of Timbuktu, occupied for 10 months by Islamists who imposed a harsh form of sharia, on January 28, 2013. French-led forces today seized Mali's fabled desert city of Timbuktu in a lightning advance north as fleeing Islamists torched a building housing priceless ancient manuscripts. Residents of the ancient city on the edge of the Sahara desert erupted in joy as the French-led troops entered the town, jubilantly waving French and Malian flags after months of suffering under the Islamists' brutal rule. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)