November 11, 2012

Can Africa's Jihadists Be Stopped?

The Economist, The Economist

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Hectic diplomacy and preparations for a UN-backed war against a branch of al-Qaeda in the Sahara desert are both proceeding apace.

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TAGGED: Ansar Dine, Mali, al-Qaeda, Africa


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