Former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will be Mali’s new president after his rival conceded the fight late Monday …
Mali’s Legendary Musicians Struggle to Be Heard in the Shadow of War
Music was once Mali’s best-known cultural export. Why are its musicians still not performing months after the defeat of the Islamists who had banned music?
As Mali Wars With Islamists, a Mormon Runs for President
When Niankoro Yeah Samake lands in Mali on Friday, following a successful California fundraising campaign, to register as a candidate in the country’s upcoming presidential elections, he will be carrying a lot of baggage. There …
France’s Latest Terrorist Suspect: A French Convert Near Retirement Age
French soldiers in Mali arrest a 58-year-old Frenchman who is suspected of being a member of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb—and who may prove to be a key source of intelligence on the group
Jihadi Strike in Timbuktu Reflects Altered Terrorism Threat in Mali
As France prepares its military departure from Mali, a March 31 strike by militants in Timbuktu indicates how jihadi forces aren’t giving up — just reverting to previous practice
French Officials Warn ‘Success’ in Mali Won’t End Islamist Threat
Despite gains against Islamist militias in Mali, France believes victory in the Sahel will require political reform across Africa to eliminate the threat for good
Chad Says It Killed Belmokhtar, Mastermind of Algerian Terrorist Attack
If the report of Mokhtar Belmokhtar’s death proves true, it would be a fitting end for the Algerian jihadist leader who began his career as a hard-line Islamist fighter when he was just 19 years old
The War in Mali: Does France Have an Exit Strategy?
French officials say advances against Islamist militias in Mali may permit France to begin gradual troop withdrawal in March, as soldiers from African nations assume the lead role in battling the jihadi threat
Inside the Secret Operation to Rescue Timbuktu’s Manuscripts
Beyond the reports of beatings, hand-choppings and other grim Shari’a punishments carried out in the ten months Islamists held the historic Malian city of Timbuktu, the fear that gripped many observers in the outside world was of …
French Family’s Cameroon Kidnapping Stokes Fears of a Pan-African Islamist War
The Feb. 19 kidnapping of a French family in Cameroon by suspected Islamist radicals raises fears of growing cross-boarder operations by African jihadi groups and the use of abduction as a tactic to counter France’s Mali intervention
France’s Mali Mission: Has al-Qaeda Already Been Defeated?
Despite the French army’s rapid progress in pushing al-Qaeda-linked extremists to the nether regions of Mali, officials in Paris say full elimination of jihadi militias in the Sahel is more than unlikely
Timbuktu’s Ancient Libraries: Saved by Locals, Endangered by a Government
One week after Islamic militants fled Timbuktu, preservationists are uncertain about how to protect the city’s ancient documents
France’s Next Move: With Mali’s Islamists on the Run, Time to Talk to the Tuaregs
With France preparing to hand its anti-Islamist intervention in Mali to forces from neighboring states, Paris now encourages Malian leaders to negotiate with Tuareg rebels who teamed up with Islamists to dominate the north.