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A Malian Special Force soldier takes part on April 9 105 kms north of... Nieuwsfoto'sAfrika,Close-up,Conflict,Dag 2,Deelnemer,Frankrijk,Gao - Stad,Gao Regio,Groot,Horizontaal,Islam,Kilometer,Krijgsmacht,Leger,Leger soldaat,Mali,Oorlog,Stad,Vallei,Verduisterd gezicht,VoormaligPhotographer 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)