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A helicopter takes off carrying French soldiers from various units of... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Africa,Air Force,Army Soldier,Carrying,Conflict,Dust,French Army,French Culture,French Foreign Legion,Helicopter,Horizontal,Mali,Military,Military Helicopter,Palm Tree,Taking Off,Variation,WarPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA helicopter takes off carrying French soldiers from various units of the Air Force, Ground Army (Armee de Terre) and the French Foreign Legion for a military operation in the north of Mali on January 21, 2013. The government of Mali late Monday extended a state of emergency in place since January 12 for three months amid a French-led military offensive to flush out Al Qaeda-linked Islamists from the north. AFP PHOTO / FABIO BUCCIARELLI (Photo credit should read FABIO BUCCIARELLI/AFP/Getty Images)