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  • Malian soldiers man a bridge at the entrance of Gao, Mali, on Feb. 8, 2013, where a suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed himself attempting to blow up an army checkpoint. It was the first known time a suicide bomber operated in Mali. (Associated Press)

    Suicide bomber attacks Mali town; al Qaeda offshoot takes credit

    A suicide bomber blew himself up in a northern Mali town — the first known suicide attack in the country since France deployed roughly 4,000 troops.

  • Militants from the Islamist terrorist group Ansar Dine stand guard during a hostage handover in the desert outside Timbuktu, Mali, in April. (Associated Press)

    Arab Spring exacerbated Islamist threat to Mali

    Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb infiltrated Mali's northern frontier in 2003, after a 10-year civil war to overthrow the Algerian government. This desert region has become a safe haven for numerous Islamists linked to al Qaeda.

  • Fighters from the al Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine stand guard in Timbuktu, Mali, as they prepare to publicly lash a member of the Islamic Police found guilty of adultery. (Associated Press)

    Al Qaeda fighters carve out own country in Mali

    Deep inside caves, in remote desert bases, in the escarpments and cliff faces of northern Mali, Islamic extremist fighters have been burrowing into the earth, erecting a formidable set of defenses to protect what essentially has become al Qaeda's new country.

  • In this still frame made from video provided by ORTM Mali TV, Mali's Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra resigns during a broadcast on state television from Bamako, Mali, on Dec. 11, 2012, hours after soldiers who led a recent coup burst into his home and arrested him. (Associated Press)

    Mali's PM forced to resign, after arrest by junta

    Soldiers arrested Mali's prime minister and forced him to resign before dawn on Tuesday, showing that the military remains the real power in this troubled West Africa nation, even though officers made a show of handing back authority to a civilian-led government after a coup in March.

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