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A man prays as Malian soldiers man the entrance to a strategic bridge... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Adult,Africa,Armed Forces,Army Soldier,Bamako,Bridge - Man Made Structure,Civilian,Conflict,Entrance,Horizontal,Islam,Kilometer,Kneeling,Machine Gun,Machinery,Mali,Men,Military,Military Attack,Moped,Niger River,Praying,Rug,Strategy,War,WeaponPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA man prays as Malian soldiers man the entrance to a strategic bridge on the Niger river on January 22, 2013 near Markala, 270 kms north of Bamako. Mali's army chief said on January 22 that his French-backed forces could reclaim the northern towns of Gao and fabled Timbuktu from Islamists in a month, as more offers of aid poured in for the offensive. French planes bombed a major base of the Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) near Timbuktu as local sources said a mansion belonging to Libyan former strongman Moamer Kadhafi was destroyed. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)