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A man prays near Malian soldiers controlling a strategic bridge on... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Adult,Army Soldier,Bamako,Bridge - Man Made Structure,Conflict,Control,Mali,Men,Niger River,Praying,Strategy,VerticalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA man prays near Malian soldiers 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)