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The State Department leveled an official "Foreign Terrorist Organization" designation on an Islamist group in the West African nation of Mali on Thursday, asserting that the group has strong ties to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
The State Department on Tuesday named an Islamic extremist leader in Mali as a "specially designated" international terrorist, a sign of deepening U.S. involvement in the war against al Qaeda and its allies in Africa.