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Destroying Timbuktu: The Jihadist who Inspires the Demolition of the Shrines

TIME.com

The charismatic military leader of Salafist rebels in Mali may just be helping to found an Islamic caliphate but he is also taking apart an ancient city’s heritage. 1,331 more words

Mali

Destroying Timbuktu: The Jihadist Who Inspires the Demolition of the Shrines

Omar Hamaha is a one-man whirlwind of piety and fury. For more than a decade he has been accused of raiding government outposts in Mauritania, … 1,305 more words

Al-Qaeda

Tombeau de la culture

“Après les mausolées de saints, Ansar Eddine avait menacé ce week-end de s’en prendre aux mosquées de la ville, affirmant agir ainsi “au nom de Dieu” et en représailles à la décision de l’Unesco, le 28 juin, d’inscrire Tombouctou sur la liste du patrimoine mondial en péril. 372 more words

An unholy alliance

The Economist

Tuareg rebels and al-Qaeda unite to create a fierce new state in the north

GUNFIRE pierced the night quiet. For weeks, inhabitants of the ancient desert towns of Gao and Timbuktu had feared that rival Tuareg rebels would clash. 460 more words

Mali

Is Al-Qaeda Beefing Up Its Presence in Mali?

TIME.com

Ali Cissé, 30, a shopkeeper, couldn’t contain his curiosity when a new wave of gunmen rolled into town. Outside the governor’s compound in downtown Gao — a dusty administrative center of adobe architecture and open skies — he saw a fleet of armored vehicles with foreign fighters standing guard. 648 more words

Mali

Mali’s Fog of War: Refugees Tell of Terror, Hunger and Rape

TIME.com

It took Ibrahim Touré three weeks to escape from Timbuktu after rebels seized the desert town, but, in his heart, he hasn’t really left. The 26-year-old shopkeeper studies the floor as he talks, cradling a welter of scabs and fresh scar tissue on his right elbow. 950 more words

Mali

Mali's Fog of War: Refugees Tell of Terror, Hunger and Rape

It took Ibrahim Touré three weeks to escape from Timbuktu after rebels seized the desert town, but, in his heart, he hasn’t really left. The 26-year-old shopkeeper studies the floor as he talks, cradling a welter of scabs and fresh scar tissue on his right elbow. 950 more words

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