French Soldiers Regain Control in Malian Cities

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Niger troops entered Ansongo, a town south of the northern Malian... Photo d'actualitéArmée de terre,Conflit,Entrer,Guerre civile au Nord-Mali 2012-2013,Horizontal,Mali,Nord,Petite ville,Région de Gao,République du Niger,Ville,Ville de GaoPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPNiger troops entered Ansongo, a town south of the northern Malian city of Gao on January 29, 2013. Troops from Niger and Mali on January 29 entered Ansongo, which along with Gao was recaptured by French-led soldiers over the weekend in a lightning offensive against radicals holding Mali's north. So far, just 2,000 African troops have been sent to Mali or neighboring Niger, many of them from Chad, to boost the French-led offensive which began on January 11 and led to the recapture of several towns, including Ansongo. AFP PHOTO / KAMBOU SIA (Photo credit should read KAMBOU SIA/AFP/Getty Images)