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A Malian soldier patrols near the Niger River in the northern city of... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Africa,Armed Forces,Army Soldier,Back Lit,City,Conflict,Gao City,Gao Region,Horizontal,Mali,Niger River,North,Outdoors,River,Sunset,War,WeaponPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA Malian soldier patrols near the Niger River in the northern city of Gao on February 28, 2013. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) occupied Gao for nine months before it was recaptured by French and Malian troops in a French-led offensive on January 26. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)