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A French army soldier smokes a cigarette as he prepares to leave a... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Army,Army Soldier,Cigarette,Conflict,French Culture,Leaving,Mali,Preparation,Smoke - Physical Structure,VerticalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA French army soldier smokes a cigarette as he prepares to leave a base camp in Sevare, on January 22, 2013. Mali's army chief today said his French-backed forces could reclaim the northern towns of Gao and fabled Timbuktu from Islamists in a month, as the United States began airlifting French troops to Mali. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)