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A French soldier of the 5th Combat Helicopter Regiment stands guard... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Africa,Airfield,Airport Terminal,Armed Forces,Army,Army Soldier,Bamako,Conflict,French Army,French Culture,Gazelle,Horizontal,Mali,Military,Military Base,Military Helicopter,Security,Standing,Sunglasses,War,WeaponPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA French soldier of the 5th Combat Helicopter Regiment (RHC) stands guard stands near a Gazelle helicopter on January 19, 2013 at the 101st airbase near Bamako. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on January 19 that France now had 2,000 troops on the ground in Mali as part of a drive against Islamist militants holding the north of the country. AFP/PHOTO ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)