French Soldiers Regain Control in Malian Cities

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A French flag is seen next to a man enjoying a cigarette on January... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Adult,Army,Cigarette,City,Conflict,Enjoyment,Entering,Flag,French Culture,Gao City,Gao Region,Horizontal,Mali,Men,Niger,North,TownPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA French flag is seen next to a man enjoying a cigarette on January 29, 2013 in Ansongo, a town south of the northern Malian city of Gao, as Niger troops entered the city. Troops from Niger and Mali on January 29 entered Ansongo, which along with Gao was recaptured by French-led soldiers over the weekend in a lightning offensive against radicals holding Mali's north. So far, just 2,000 African troops have been sent to Mali or neighboring Niger, many of them from Chad, to boost the French-led offensive which began on January 11 and led to the recapture of several towns, including Ansongo. AFP PHOTO / KAMBOU SIA (Photo credit should read KAMBOU SIA/AFP/Getty Images)