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Malian civilians holding a French flag look at an improvised helipad... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Air Force,Civilian,Conflict,Flag,French Culture,French Foreign Legion,Helipad,Holding,Horizontal,Mali,Military,Variation,WarPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMalian civilians holding a French flag look at an improvised helipad as groups from various units of the Air Force, Ground Army (Armee de Terre) and the French Foreign Legion fly out 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)