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Malian soldiers force the gate of a house which was held by Islamists... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Army Soldier,City,Conflict,History,Islam,Mali,Timbuktu - Mali,VerticalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMalian soldiers force the gate of a house which was held by Islamists in the historic city of Timbuktu on January 28, 2013. French-led forces today seized Mali's fabled desert city of Timbuktu in a lightning advance north as fleeing Islamists torched a building housing priceless ancient manuscripts. Residents of the ancient city on the edge of the Sahara desert erupted in joy as the French-led troops entered the town, jubilantly waving French and Malian flags after months of suffering under the Islamists' brutal rule. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)