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More clashes in Malian city of Gao

Tuareg militias battled Arab rebels in northern Mali Saturday, while French jets, US drones and Chad's elite desert forces were also in action

More clashes in Malian city of Gao
Soldiers stand in front of weapons and ammunitions seized from Islamist fighters exhibited by the Malian army in the centre of Gao on February 24, 2013. Tuareg militias battled Arab rebels in northern Mali Saturday, while French jets, US drones and Chad's elite desert forces were also in action in a major push to stamp out resistance from pockets of Islamist fighters. After recapturing the north's cities from the Al Qaeda groups that had controlled them since April 2012, the six-week-old French-led offensive took the fight to the retreating Islamist insurgents' toughest desert bastions. (placard reads : Material collected by Young Patriots - Ammunition). (AFP/Getty Images)
More clashes in Malian city of Gao
People stand on February 24, 2013 in Gao's market which allegedly burnt following an attack by Islamist militants on February 21, 2013 in Gao, some 1,200 kilometres (745 miles) north of Bamako. Fresh fighting erupted yesterday in northern Mali between ethnic Tuaregs and an unidentified armed group, security sources told AFP, the latest violence in the wake of a French-led campaign that drove radical Islamist fighters from major cities. (AFP/Getty Images)
More clashes in Malian city of Gao
People search for goods on February 24, 2013 at the Gao market, which reportedly burnt on February 21 during an Islamist attack on the northern city. Clashes erupted in the city of Gao and an apparent car bomb struck near a camp housing French troops on February 21 as Malian and foreign forces struggled to secure Mali's volatile north against Islamist rebels. Malian troops were battling armed rebels in Gao in clashes that left the main courthouse in flames, after fighting erupted overnight with heavy gunfire reported around two main entrances to the city. (AFP/Getty Images)
More clashes in Malian city of Gao
Women stand on February 24, 2013 in Gao's market which allegedly burnt following an attack by Islamist militants on February 21, 2013 in Gao, some 1,200 kilometres (745 miles) north of Bamako. Fresh fighting erupted yesterday in northern Mali between ethnic Tuaregs and an unidentified armed group, security sources told AFP, the latest violence in the wake of a French-led campaign that drove radical Islamist fighters from major cities. (AFP/Getty Images)
More clashes in Malian city of Gao
Soldiers stand in front of weapons and ammunitions seized from Islamist fighters exhibited by the Malian army in the centre of Gao on February 24, 2013. Tuareg militias battled Arab rebels in northern Mali Saturday, while French jets, US drones and Chad's elite desert forces were also in action in a major push to stamp out resistance from pockets of Islamist fighters. After recapturing the north's cities from the Al Qaeda groups that had controlled them since April 2012, the six-week-old French-led offensive took the fight to the retreating Islamist insurgents' toughest desert bastions. (placard reads : Material collected by Young Patriots - Ammunition). (AFP/Getty Images)
More clashes in Malian city of Gao
People search for goods on February 24, 2013 at the Gao market, which reportedly burnt on February 21 during an Islamist attack on the northern city. Clashes erupted in the city of Gao and an apparent car bomb struck near a camp housing French troops on February 21 as Malian and foreign forces struggled to secure Mali's volatile north against Islamist rebels. Malian troops were battling armed rebels in Gao in clashes that left the main courthouse in flames, after fighting erupted overnight with heavy gunfire reported around two main entrances to the city. (AFP/Getty Images)