'Gates of Hell' Mali Conflict Opens New Front in War on Terror

France has found early success in its fight against Islamist extremists in northern Mali. But Saharan terrorist groups have close ties and are prepared for a prolonged battle. The hostage crisis in Algeria shows that the new front in the war on terror could become a protracted conflict.
Von Paul Hyacinthe Mben und Jan Puhl
French soldiers in Mali.

French soldiers in Mali.

Foto: ISSOUF SANOGO/ AFP
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan