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Malian soldiers stand on February 3, 2013 in Gao, near an armoured... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Abandoned,Armored Vehicle,Army Soldier,City,Conflict,Equipment,Extremism,Gao Region,Horizontal,Islam,Mali,Mode of Transport,StandingPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMalian soldiers stand on February 3, 2013 in Gao, near an armoured vehicle and other equipment they abandoned when Islamist extremists took the city on March 31, 2012. France said it carried out major air strikes today near Kidal, the last bastion of armed extremists chased from Mali's desert north in a lightning French-led offensive. AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)