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Morocco Beefs Up Border Security

Morocco Beefs Up Border Security

Casablanca, Asharq Al-Awsat—Morocco has increased the security level on its borders with Algeria and Mali in anticipation of jihadists’ fleeing northern Mali, as a result of French and African military intervention there. In recent weeks, Algerian authorities have...
A talk with AU Counter-Terrorism Special Envoy

A talk with AU Counter-Terrorism Special Envoy

RIYADH, Asharq Al-Awsat—With recurring news coverage of Ansar Dine, Boko Haram, Al-Shaba’ab, and countless other militant groups, the continent of Africa now finds itself on the front-line of the global fight against terrorism. As a result, the African Union...
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...
Profile: Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar

Profile: Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Mokhtar Belmokhtar has become internationally notorious following this week’s siege on Algeria’s In Amenas gas processing plant. As the siege entered its fourth day, the standoff between the Algerian army and Al Qaeda linked gunmen...