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A man and woman on a scooter ride past a Malian soldier controlling a... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Adult,Africa,Armed Forces,Army Soldier,Bamako,Civilian,Conflict,Control,Horizontal,Machine Gun,Machinery,Mali,Men,Military,Military Attack,Motorcycle,Niger River,Profile View,Riding,Strategy,War,Weapon,WomenPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA man and woman on a scooter ride past a Malian soldier controlling a strategic bridge on the Niger river on January 22, 2013 near Markala, 270km North of Bamako. Mali's army chief today said his French-backed forces could reclaim the northern towns of Gao and fabled Timbuktu from Islamists in a month, as the United States began airlifting French troops to Mali. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)