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A French soldier from the 126 RI is on guard on a armoured vehicle... Photo d'actualitéArmée,Armée américaine,Conflit,Culture française,De grande taille,France,Horizontal,Islam,Kilomètre,Mali,Moyen de transport,Précédent,Rhode Island,Région de Gao,Soldat,Vallée,Véhicule blindéPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA French soldier from the 126 RI (Regiment Infantery) is on guard on a armoured vehicle during the 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, on April 9, 2013, 105 km North of Gao. 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)