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A Malian Special Force soldier takes part on April 9 105 kms north of... Photo d'actualité2ème jour d'un événement,Afrique,Armée,Conflit,De grande taille,France,Guerre,Horizontal,Islam,Kilomètre,Mali,Métier de l'armée,Participant,Plan rapproché,Précédent,Région de Gao,Soldat,Vallée,Ville,Ville de Gao,Visage cachéPhotographer 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)