July 9, 2012

Timbuktu's Tomb Raiders

Benjamin Soares, New York Times

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In Mali, such jihad has frequently been mixed with kidnapping Europeans and seeking ransoms, drug trafficking and other criminal activities. Indeed, Mali has become an important node in the drug trade as Latin American cocaine passes through the Sahara en route to Europe and the Middle East. This lucrative trade has tempted many Malians, including government officials, who have profited handsomely from it.

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TAGGED: Timbuktu, Ansar Dine, Mali, Africa


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