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Malian army Sergeant N'koba Traore, aged 36, sits on February 25,... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Army,Bamako,Conflict,Gao Region,Horizontal,Kilometer,Mali,SittingPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMalian army Sergeant N'koba Traore, aged 36, sits on February 25, 2013 in Gao, some 1,200 kilometres (745 miles) north of Bamako. After recapturing the north's cities from the Al Qaeda groups that had controlled them since April 2012, the six-week-long French-led offensive took the fight to the retreating Islamist insurgents' toughest desert bastions. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)