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Mali Offensive

Market Devastated After Street Battle in Gao - 03 Mar 2013
Images of a market in Gao, which was damaged after Malian and French soldiers exchanged gunfire with Islamists in the town.

French troops dispatched to root out rebels with links to al Qaeda swiftly retook northern towns last month. But they now risk being bogged down in a guerrilla conflict as they try to help Mali's weak army counter bombings and raids.
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March 02, 2013
A French soldier walks past women outside the destroyed main market in Gao, March 2, 2013. French soldiers...
Gao, Mali
A French soldier walks past women outside the destroyed main market in Gao
A French soldier walks past women outside the destroyed main market in Gao, March 2, 2013. French soldiers visited the market on Saturday, nine days after it was destroyed during fighting between radical Islamists and Malian and French soldiers. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT MILITARY POLITICS)
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March 02, 2013
A woman poses for a picture while cleaning the destroyed main market in Gao, March 2, 2013. French soldiers...
Gao, Mali
A woman poses for a picture while cleaning the destroyed main market in Gao
A woman poses for a picture while cleaning the destroyed main market in Gao, March 2, 2013. French soldiers visited the market on Saturday, nine days after it was destroyed during fighting between radical Islamists and Malian and French soldiers. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT MILITARY POLITICS)
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March 02, 2013
French soldiers survey the destroyed main market in Gao, March 2, 2013. French soldiers visited the market...
Gao, Mali
French soldiers survey the destroyed main market in Gao
French soldiers survey the destroyed main market in Gao, March 2, 2013. French soldiers visited the market on Saturday, nine days after it was destroyed during fighting between radical Islamists and Malian and French soldiers. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT MILITARY POLITICS)
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March 02, 2013
A French soldier stands guard in the destroyed main market in Gao, March 2, 2013. French soldiers visited...
Gao, Mali
A French soldier stands guard in the destroyed main market in Gao
A French soldier stands guard in the destroyed main market in Gao, March 2, 2013. French soldiers visited the market on Saturday, nine days after it was destroyed during fighting between radical Islamists and Malian and French soldiers. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)
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March 02, 2013
A French soldier talks to children in the destroyed main market in Gao, March 2, 2013. French soldiers...
Gao, Mali
A French soldier talks to children in the destroyed main market in Gao
A French soldier talks to children in the destroyed main market in Gao, March 2, 2013. French soldiers visited the market on Saturday, nine days after it was destroyed during fighting between radical Islamists and Malian and French soldiers. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY POLITICS CONFLICT)
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February 26, 2013
Local resident Almoustafa Almaimou rides his motorcycle past a market destroyed by fighting in Gao February...
Gao, Mali
Local resident Almoustafa Almaimou rides his motorcycle past a destroyed market in Gao
Local resident Almoustafa Almaimou rides his motorcycle past a market destroyed by fighting in Gao February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 23, 2013
Shopkeeper Abderrahmane Maiga stands in front of his destroyed general shop in Gao February 23, 2013....
Gao, Mali
Shopkeeper Abderrahmane Maiga stands in front of his destroyed general shop in Gao
Shopkeeper Abderrahmane Maiga stands in front of his destroyed general shop in Gao February 23, 2013. The shops were destroyed during fighting between Islamists and Malian and French armies on Thursday. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST)
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February 23, 2013
A shopkeeper walks among debris in the destroyed main market in Gao February 23, 2013. The market were...
Gao, Mali
A shopkeeper walks among debris in the destroyed main market in Gao
A shopkeeper walks among debris in the destroyed main market in Gao February 23, 2013. The market were destroyed during fighting between Islamists and Malian and French armies on Thursday. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST)
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February 23, 2013
Burnt fish lie on the ground at the destroyed main market in Gao February 23, 2013. The market was destroyed...
Gao, Mali
Burnt fish lie on the ground at the destroyed main market in Gao
Burnt fish lie on the ground at the destroyed main market in Gao February 23, 2013. The market was destroyed during fighting between Islamists and Malian and French armies on Thursday. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)
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February 23, 2013
A boy runs in the destroyed main market where women sold fish in Gao February 23, 2013. The market was...
Gao, Mali
A boy runs in the destroyed main market where women sold fish in Gao
A boy runs in the destroyed main market where women sold fish in Gao February 23, 2013. The market was destroyed during fighting between Islamists and Malian and French armies on Thursday. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)
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February 23, 2013
A man surveys an alleyway in the destroyed main market in Gao February 23, 2013. The market was destroyed...
Gao, Mali
A man surveys an alleyway in the destroyed main market in Gao
A man surveys an alleyway in the destroyed main market in Gao February 23, 2013. The market was destroyed during fighting between Islamists and Malian and French armies on Thursday. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)
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February 23, 2013
A burnt wall of the main market is seen in Gao February 23, 2013. The market was destroyed during fighting...
Gao, Mali
A burnt wall of the main market is seen in Gao
A burnt wall of the main market is seen in Gao February 23, 2013. The market was destroyed during fighting between Islamists and Malian and French armies on Thursday. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: SOCIETY CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST)
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February 23, 2013
Shopkeeper Mohamed Toure leaves his destroyed shop after pouring water on a fire in the stop at the main...
Gao, Mali
Shopkeeper Mohamed Toure leaves his destroyed shop after pouring water on a fire in the stop at the main...
Shopkeeper Mohamed Toure leaves his destroyed shop after pouring water on a fire in the stop at the main market in Gao February 23 2013. The market was destroyed during fighting between Islamists and the Malian and French armies on Thursday. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)
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February 23, 2013
Butcher Mohamed Maiga, 51, cuts meat in the main market the day before fighting between Islamists and...
Gao, Mali
Butcher Mohamed Maiga, 51, cuts meat in the main market the day before fighting between Islamists and...
Butcher Mohamed Maiga, 51, cuts meat in the main market the day before fighting between Islamists and Malian and French armies destroyed it, in Gao February 20, 2013. Picture taken February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY)
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February 23, 2013
Women chat in the main market the day before fighting between Islamists and Malian and French armies...
Gao, Mali
Women chat in the main market the day before fighting between Islamists and Malian and French armies...
Women chat in the main market the day before fighting between Islamists and Malian and French armies destroyed it, in Gao February 20, 2013. Picture taken February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CONFLICT SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST)
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February 23, 2013
Women sell fish in the main market the day before fighting between Islamists and Malian and French armies...
Gao, Mali
Women sell fish in the main market the day before fighting between Islamists and Malian and French armies...
Women sell fish in the main market the day before fighting between Islamists and Malian and French armies destroyed the market in Gao February 20, 2013. Picture taken February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST)
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February 23, 2013
Malian soldiers patrol the main market the day before fighting between Islamists and Malian and French...
Gao, Mali
Malian soldiers patrol the main market the day before fighting between Islamists and Malian and French...
Malian soldiers patrol the main market the day before fighting between Islamists and Malian and French armies destroyed it, in Gao February 20, 2013. Picture taken February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT)
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February 21, 2013
A Malian soldier looks on during fighting with Islamists in Gao, February 21, 2013. French and Malian...
Gao, Mali
A Malian soldier looks on during fighting with Islamists in Gao
A Malian soldier looks on during fighting with Islamists in Gao, February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 21, 2013
A Malian soldier fires an AK-47 during fighting with Islamists in Gao, February 21, 2013. French and...
Gao, Mali
A Malian soldier fires an AK-47 during fighting with Islamists in Gao
A Malian soldier fires an AK-47 during fighting with Islamists in Gao, February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)
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February 21, 2013
French soldiers take up positions near Independence Plaza, formerly Sharia Square, during fighting with...
Gao, Mali
French soldiers take up positions near Independence Plaza, formerly Sharia Square, during fighting with...
French soldiers take up positions near Independence Plaza, formerly Sharia Square, during fighting with Islamists in Gao, February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)
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February 21, 2013
Malian soldiers fire a machine gun in Gao, February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists...
Gao, Mali
Malian soldiers fire a machine gun in Gao
Malian soldiers fire a machine gun in Gao, February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 21, 2013
A Malian soldier takes cover amidst dust after a rocket propelled grenade was fired by his comrades in...
Gao, Mali
A Malian soldier takes cover amidst dust after a rocket propelled grenade was fired by his comrades in...
A Malian soldier takes cover amidst dust after a rocket propelled grenade was fired by his comrades in Gao, February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)
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February 21, 2013
Children run home from school after hearing gunfire and explosions in Gao February 21, 2013. French and...
Gao, Mali
Children run home from school after hearing gunfire and explosions in Gao
Children run home from school after hearing gunfire and explosions in Gao February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: EDUCATION CONFLICT)
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February 21, 2013
Malian soldiers walk past French soldiers crouching near Sharia Square, now renamed Independence Plaza,...
Gao, Mali
Malian soldiers walk past French soldiers crouching near Sharia Square, now renamed Independence Plaza,...
Malian soldiers walk past French soldiers crouching near Sharia Square, now renamed Independence Plaza, during fighting with Islamists in Gao, February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces.REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)
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February 21, 2013
French soldiers crouch behind a wall during fighting with Islamists in Gao February 21, 2013. French...
Gao, Mali
French soldiers crouch behind a wall during fighting with Islamists in Gao
French soldiers crouch behind a wall during fighting with Islamists in Gao February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT)
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February 21, 2013
A Malian soldier gestures to his comrades during fighting with Islamists in Gao, February 21, 2013. French...
Gao, Mali
A Malian soldier gestures to his comrades during fighting with Islamists in Gao
A Malian soldier gestures to his comrades during fighting with Islamists in Gao, February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)
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February 21, 2013
French soldiers crouch behind a wall during fighting with Islamists in Gao February 21, 2013. French...
Gao, Mali
French soldiers crouch behind a wall during fighting with Islamists in Gao
French soldiers crouch behind a wall during fighting with Islamists in Gao February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY)
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February 21, 2013
A Malian soldier carrying machine gun ammunition jumps over a fence during fighting with Islamists in...
Gao, Mali
A Malian soldier carrying machine gun ammunition jumps over a fence during fighting with Islamists in...
A Malian soldier carrying machine gun ammunition jumps over a fence during fighting with Islamists in Gao, February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)
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February 21, 2013
A French soldier aims his sniper rifle during fighting with Islamists in Gao February 21, 2013. French...
Gao, Mali
A French soldier aims his sniper rifle during fighting with Islamists in Gao
A French soldier aims his sniper rifle during fighting with Islamists in Gao February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 21, 2013
A Malian soldier runs in an empty gutter during fighting with Islamists in Gao, February 21, 2013. French...
Gao, Mali
A Malian soldier runs in an empty gutter during fighting with Islamists in Gao
A Malian soldier runs in an empty gutter during fighting with Islamists in Gao, February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)
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February 21, 2013
A Malian soldier fixes a rocket during fighting with Islamists in Gao February 21, 2013. French and Malian...
Gao, Mali
A Malian soldier fixes a rocket during fighting with Islamists in Gao
A Malian soldier fixes a rocket during fighting with Islamists in Gao February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT)
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February 21, 2013
A Malian soldier gestures during fighting with Islamists in Gao February 21, 2013. French and Malian...
Gao, Mali
A Malian soldier gestures during fighting with Islamists in Gao
A Malian soldier gestures during fighting with Islamists in Gao February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT)
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February 21, 2013
A Malian soldier runs past smoke from a petrol station on fire during fighting with Islamists in Gao...
Gao, Mali
A Malian soldier runs past smoke from a petrol station on fire during fighting with Islamists in Gao
A Malian soldier runs past smoke from a petrol station on fire during fighting with Islamists in Gao February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CONFLICT)
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