French Soldiers Regain Control in Malian Cities


A crowd greets on January 29, 2013 Niger Army troops entering... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Army,City,Conflict,Crowd,Entering,Gao City,Gao Region,Greeting,Horizontal,Mali,North,People,TownPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA crowd greets on January 29, 2013 Niger Army troops entering Ansongo, a town south of the northern Malian city of Gao. Troops from Niger and Mali on january 29 entered Ansongo, which along with Gao was recaptured by French-led soldiers over the weekend in a lightning offensive against radicals holding Mali's north. So far, just 2,000 African troops have been sent to Mali or neighboring Niger, many of them from Chad, to boost the French-led offensive which began on January 11 and led to the recapture of several towns, including Ansongo. AFP PHOTO / KAMBOU SIA (Photo credit should read KAMBOU SIA/AFP/Getty Images)