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A French soldier from the 126th Regiment Infantery burns rubbish on... Nieuwsfoto'sAfval,Branden,Conflict,Franse cultuur,Gao - Stad,Gao Regio,Horizontaal,Kilometer,Leger soldaat,MaliPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA French soldier from the 126th Regiment Infantery burns rubbish on April 8, 2013 some 105 kilometers North of Gao. A French force of 1,000 soldiers in a major offensive has swept a valley thought to be a logistics base for Al-Qaeda-linked Islamists near the Malian city of Gao. Operation Gustav, one of France's largest actions since its intervention against insurgents in January, will involve dozens of tanks, helicopters, drones and airplanes, said General Bernard Barrera, commander of the French land forces in Mali. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)