A Tuareg soldier stands guard in a street in Gao on February 23, 2013. Battles with French-backed troops erupted overnight on February 20 after about 40 Islamists infiltrated the city and there were fresh clashes yesterday. Malian soldiers opened fire with rocket-propelled grenades on the city hall, killing at least one Islamist, according to Malian army colonel Mamadou Samake. They found the bodies of four rebels inside, he added. AFP PHOTO /JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
23 Feb 2013
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