November 13, 2012

Mali's Looming War: Can Islamists Be Driven Out?

Alan Boswell, Time

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Even as Mali split apart this spring in the single largest advance for Islamist extremism in years, only briefly did the world’s latest frontline in the war on terror show signs of its newfound significance. Refugees poured into this sleepy river town, Mopti, where Mali’s oversized north butts against the country’s more populous south. Residents fled, hotels went dark, banks pulled out their cash reserves, and training camps spawned on the edge of town.

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TAGGED: Islamism, Mali, Africa

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