July 8, 2012

The Taliban of Timbuktu

John Metzler, China Post

AP Photo

The name Timbuktu conjures up mystery and the magic of a far off place seemingly untouched by modernity, let 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 destroying historic and religious sites to the shock of the world. Ironically these sites include Muslim tombs and mosques which are part of another sect of Islam.

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TAGGED: Timbuktu, Ansar Dine, Mali, Africa


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