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A man wears glasses with a painted French flag and a French rooster symbol during a demonstration, organized by Malian associations, in support of the liberation forces of Mali in Montreuil, near Paris. (Jan. 26, 2013)

French, Malian forces regain control of Gao

French and Malian forces took control of the radical Islamist stronghold of Gao on Saturday, marking a major advance in their bid to oust al-Qaida-linked extremists who have controlled northern Mali for months.

A woman holds a speaker as people shout
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A woman holds a speaker as people shout slogans during a demonstration, organized by Malian associations, in support of the liberation forces of Mali in Montreuil, near Paris. (Jan. 26, 2013)

People wave placards during a demonstration, organized by
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People wave placards during a demonstration, organized by Malian associations, in support of the liberation forces of Mali in Montreuil, near Paris. Placards read “For a united Mali, against terrorism” and “Mali and France united in a same battle". (Jan. 26, 2013)

A woman, wrapped in a Malian flag, holds
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A woman, wrapped in a Malian flag, holds a speaker as people, holding French flags, shout slogans during a demonstration, organized by Malian associations, in support of the liberation forces of Mali on in Montreuil, near Paris. (Jan. 26, 2013)

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A man wears glasses with a painted French
(Credit: Getty Images)

A man wears glasses with a painted French flag and a French rooster symbol during a demonstration, organized by Malian associations, in support of the liberation forces of Mali in Montreuil, near Paris. (Jan. 26, 2013)

Malian soldiers patrol a street in Diabaly. French-led
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Malian soldiers patrol a street in Diabaly. French-led Malian troops recaptured the Islamist stronghold of Gao, the biggest town in northern Mali, and troops from Niger and Chad “will now take up the baton,“ the French defense ministry said. (Jan. 26, 2013)

Malian soldiers patrol a street in Diabaly. French-led
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Malian soldiers patrol a street in Diabaly. French-led Malian troops recaptured the Islamist stronghold of Gao, the biggest town in northern Mali, and troops from Niger and Chad “will now take up the baton,“ the French defense ministry said. (Jan. 26, 2013)

Malian soldiers patrol a street in Diabaly. French-led
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Malian soldiers patrol a street in Diabaly. French-led Malian troops recaptured the Islamist stronghold of Gao, today, the biggest town in northern Mali, and troops from Niger and Chad “will now take up the baton,“ the French defense ministry said. (Jan. 26, 2013)

Malian soldiers patrol a street in Diabaly. French-led
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Malian soldiers patrol a street in Diabaly. French-led Malian troops recaptured the Islamist stronghold of Gao, the biggest town in northern Mali. (Jan. 26, 2013)

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Malian soldiers patrol aboard a vehicle mounted with
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Malian soldiers patrol aboard a vehicle mounted with a machine gun in Diabaly. French-led Malian troops recaptured the Islamist stronghold of Gao, the biggest town in northern Mali. (Jan. 26, 2013)

Malian soldiers patrol a street in Diabaly. (Jan.
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Malian soldiers patrol a street in Diabaly. (Jan. 26, 2013)

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