October 24, 2017 16:24 IST

French forces fight insurgency in Mali

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A French soldier of the 13th engineering regiment controls a touareg home near Tin Hama, Mali. Credit: Reuters
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A NH 90 Caiman military helicopter takes-off during the regional anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane in Inaloglog, Mali. France intervened in Mali to ward off an offensive by Islamist militants that began in 2012, and 4,000 of its troops remain in the region as part of Operation Barkhane where they work alongside 10,000 U.N. peacekeepers in Mali. Credit: Reuters
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French soldiers patrol in an armoured vehicle during the regional anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane in Tassiga, Mali. Credit: Reuters
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A Malian Armed Forces soldier is pictured near Tin Hama, Mali. Credit: Reuters
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Children hold hands as they walk in the street in Gao, Mali. Credit: Reuters