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Desecration of cultural sites at Timbuktu: Does France care? The world?

Islamic groups destroyed Timbuktu shrines.  /ABC News

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The name Timbuktu conjures up mystery and the magic of a far off place seemingly untouched by modernity, lest alone violence. But the ancient city of Timbuktu, lost in the remote reaches of the Sahara has sadly been thrust into the headlines as an Islamic fundamentalist group has been [...]

July 5th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,France,John Metzler,Mali,Top Stories,United Nations | Read More »

Libyan weapons enabled Al Qaida stronghold in northern Mali

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Africa Policy Amanda Dory.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has determined that Libyan weapons have reached Al Qaida in Mali. Officials said thousands of missiles and rockets were taken from the arsenal of then-Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi and brought to Al Qaida strongholds in Mali. The officials said the anti-tank and surface-to-air missiles have bolstered Al [...]

June 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Exclusives,Libya,Mali,Mideast,Stateside,Terrorism,Top Stories,U.S. Intelligence | Read More »

Al Qaida reports execution of German hostage in Nigeria

German engineer Edgar Fitz Raupach was reportedly killed by his Al Qaida captors.

Special to WASHINGTON — Al Qaida has warned the West against trying to rescue hostages held in North Africa through military means. Al Qaida Organization in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has reported the death of a European hostage said to have been killed in a botched rescue attempt. AQIM said the operation was sponsored [...]

June 14th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Exclusives,Germany,Mali,Nigeria,Top Stories | Read More »

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