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By Bob Dole
The industrious island has proved itself worthy of U.S. inclusion
Topic - Adam Thiam
Analyst Adam Thiam, a columnist for Le Republicain newspaper in Mali, said life in the desert for long periods outside of isolated oases is nearly impossible, but that a zone in Mali has water, livestock and small game.
However, the area is used by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, an extremist group that has "no love of the Gadhafi family," Mr. Thiam said.