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In this Sunday, August 11, 2013, file photo, Malian president-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta casts his vote at a polling station in Bamako, Mali. (AP Photo/Thomas Martinez, File)

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Iyad Ag Ghali, leader of the armed Islamist group Ansar Dine, August 7, 2012 in Kidal (AFP)

Iyad Ag Ghali: Mali’s Desert Fox

Iyad Ag Ghali: Mali’s Desert Fox

Nouakchott, Asharq Al-Awsat—In early January at the Battle of Konna in northern Mali, Iyad Ag Ghali, the leader of Ansar Dine, laid waste to scores of Malian soldiers trained by French and European military officials. In a matter of days, French Special Forces had...

AQIM Occupy Gaddafi Palace in Timbuktu

Noukchott, Asharq Al-Awsat-Last week, residents of the city of Timbuktu in northern Mali awoke to the sound of a huge explosion, followed by a massive fire, in the building known as the “Gaddafi Palace”, which in recent times has served as an operations command center...
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A general view of damage caused by a siege by Islamist militants earlier this month at the Tiguentourine Gas Plant in In Amenas. (REUTERS/Louafi Larbi)