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Malian soldiers patrol in the streets of Timbuktu on February 1 as... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,4x4,Africa,Armed Forces,Army,Army Soldier,Castle,City,Conflict,Extremism,Horizontal,Islam,Mali,Military Attack,North,Pointing,Rifle,Security,Shouting,Street,Timbuktu - Mali,WarPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMalian soldiers patrol in the streets of Timbuktu on February 1, 2013, as French-led troops worked today to secure the last Islamist stronghold in the north after a lightning offensive against the extremists. The fabled desert city of Timbuktu, an ancient centre of Islamic learning, has been recaptured on January 28 by French-led forces in their offensive against Islamist rebels who have been occupying Mali's north since last April. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)