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A Malian Special Force soldier takes part on April 9 105 kms north of... News PhotoAfrica,Armed Forces,Army Soldier,City,Close-Up,Conflict,Day 2,Former,France,Gao City,Gao Region,Horizontal,Islam,Kilometre,Large,Mali,Military,Obscured Face,Participant,Valley,WarPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA Malian Special Force soldier takes part on April 9, 2013, 105 kms north of the northeastern Malian city of Gao, in day two of Operation Gustav, a hunt for Islamist fighters in a valley in northern Mali and one of France's largest military operations during its three-month intervention in its former colony. Operation Gustav comes with France preparing to withdraw three-quarters of the 4,000 troops it deployed in January to block a feared advance on the Malian capital Bamako by Al Qaeda-linked insurgents. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)