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story.lead_photo.caption Chadian soldiers, assisted by Malian gendarmes, patrol the streets of Gao in northern Mali on Monday. - Photo by AP / JEROME DELAY

Backed by French helicopters and paratroopers, Malian soldiers entered the fabled city of Timbuktu on Monday after al-Qaida-linked militants who ruled the city by fear for nearly 10 months fled into the desert, setting fire to a library that held thousands of manuscripts dating to the Middle Ages.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 01/29/2013

Print Headline: Malian troops break rebels’ 10-month hold on Timbuktu

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