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This handout picture taken on January 19, 2013 and released on... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Army Soldier,Conflict,French Culture,Horizontal,Mali,Map,Office,Releasing,Showing,Standing,Talking,WarPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPThis handout picture taken on January 19, 2013 and released on January 22, 2013 by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows French soldiers speaking while they stand in front of a map in Niono. French and Malian troops have recaptured the Malian towns of Diabaly and Douentza from Islamist fighters, France's defence minister said today. Mali's army chief said on January 22 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 / ECPAD / ARNAUD ROINE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / ECPAD / ARNAUD ROINE' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS NO ARCHIVES - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - TO BE USED WITHIN 30 DAYS FROM 01/22/2013 (Photo credit should read ARNAUD ROINE/AFP/Getty Images)