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Malian chief of Gao's gendarmerie district, Colonel Salhiou Maiga... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Africa,Armed Forces,Colonel,Conflict,District,Gao Region,Gendarmerie,Horizontal,Mali,Office,Portrait,WarPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMalian chief of Gao's gendarmerie district, Colonel Salhiou Maiga poses in the office of the Gao's gendarmerie in Gao on February 24, 2013. 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)