French-led Forces Advance on Timbuktu

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Malian colonel Diarra gives information to journalistsat a checkpoint... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Africa,Armed Forces,Army Soldier,Camera Operator,Colonel,Conflict,Customs,Giving,Horizontal,Mali,Military,Talking,Television Camera,Timbuktu - Mali,WarPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMalian colonel Diarra (C) gives information to journalistsat a checkpoint near Sevare on January 27, 2013. French-led troops were advancing on Mali's fabled desert city of Timbuktu on Sunday after capturing a string of other towns in their offensive against Islamist militant groups in the north of the country. Meanwhile, African leaders meeting in the Ethiopian capital were discussing scaling up the number of African troops to join the offensive, after the African Union's outgoing chief admitted the body had not done enough to help Mali. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)