Photo Gallery: Taking Mali's North
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Photo Gallery: Taking Mali's North

'Darker Sides' The Vast Islamist Sanctuary of 'Sahelistan'

France is advancing quickly against the Islamists in northern Mali, having already made it to Timbuktu. But the Sahel offers a vast sanctuary for the extremists, complete with training camps, lawlessness and plenty of ways to make money.
Von Paul Hyacinthe Mben, Jan Puhl und Thilo Thielke
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan