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Mali: Dutch Hostage Freed By French Special Forces

Fortune has favoured the brave in Western Africa after a French Special Forces raid on militant positions resulted in the unexpected recovery of a Dutch hostage.  297 more words


Rocket attack on UN base in Kidal kills 3, injures 12

by Caleb Weiss

Map of Al Qaeda-linked attacks in Mali and Niger since 2014

Unidentified militants fired more than 30 rockets into the UN’s base in Mali’s northwestern city of Kidal today. 715 more words



There is a darkness all around us. Whether one senses it or not, a spirit of sorrow– of fear, of loneliness, of hopelessness– reigns in the hearts and minds of countless people all over the globe. 1,951 more words

Boko Haram

On Weak States and Threats to the U.S.

Stanford’s Dr. Amy Zegart has written an important piece for Foreign Policy in which she argues that the threat of weak states has been over-hyped. I agree with the first half of the piece, in which she takes down the common arguments about why weak states threaten the United States. 788 more words


Saved Mali manuscripts face damage in new home

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — After being spirited away from under the noses of rampaging Islamic extremists, thousands of ancient manuscripts from the fabled city of Timbuktu now face another threat: weather and poor storage conditions in their new location that scholars say could cause permanent damage. 553 more words


Paris Attack Inspires Praise and Action from Terrorist Leaders in Africa

CSP, by Nicholas Hanlon, Jan. 13, 2015:

The jihadist attacks in Paris by Cherif and Said Kaouchi have drawn praise and a call to arms from Africa’s top terrorists.  238 more words

Counter Jihad Report

Charlie Hebdo affair ended : first debrief.

In France, the two hostage taking related to the Charlie Hebdo mass murder are over. The original killers in Dammartin-en-Goêle starting shooting which prompted the police assault, One police officer was hurt very seriously, the hostage released safely and the duo killed. 1,281 more words