Handout picture dated 1997 and released in 2012 by the UN shows ancient manuscripts displayed at the library in the city of Timbuktu. Al-Qaeda has destroyed ancient texts it considers idolatrous.
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French and Malian soldiers patrol next to the Djingareyber Mosque in Timbuktu in 2015. Several of the city's historic and cultural sites were demolished in 2012, during an occupation by Islamist militants.
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