Category Archives: Mali

“War” in West Africa?

Scanning the headlines, it would seem that war was all the rage this past week in West Africa. It began last Saturday in Paris, where the leaders of five West African countries—Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad, and even tiny Benin—confidently agreed … Continue reading

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Updated Mali map – as of May 13, 2013

It’s time to update the Mali map again… A sampling of notable occurrences in the past two months: -AQIM coordinated an attack on central Timbuktu in late March. Using a suicide bombing on the city’s outskirts as a ruse, fighters … Continue reading

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March Madness at Notes on the Periphery!: Part 2 (Sub-Saharan Africa)

We’re now two weeks into the most exciting three weeks of the year—NCAA college basketball’s final tournament. For those of you who might not know: each year, 68 college teams (annoyingly bumped up from 65 a few years ago) compete … Continue reading

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Al Qaeda’s Gamble in Mali

A few years from now, when the first full-length book on Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is written (any takers?), how will it characterize the group’s recent adventure in Mali? My bet: Mali will be described as a … Continue reading

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Updated Mali map – as of March 23, 2013

Time to update the Mali map again! (Any excuse to combine geography with int’l affairs…) Some significant events in the past two weeks: -Islamists struck Timbuktu for the first time since they fled the city in late January. One Malian … Continue reading

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Mali: Visualizing the Adrar des Ifoghas

In case you’re already bored with coverage of the new pope (a Jesuit!)… As a follow-up to my post last week about the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains in northeastern Mali (see here), I thought I’d share some interesting pictures and … Continue reading

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Mali’s mountains: an “impenetrable safe haven” for jihadists?

For much of the past three weeks, French and Chadian ground forces have ventured slowly but surely into the heart of the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains (a.k.a. Adrar des Iforas/Tigharghar mountains) of northeastern Mali, seeking to neutralize Islamist militants and … Continue reading

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Updated Mali map – as of March 5, 2013

See below for the updated Mali map (tracking rebel attacks, French/Chadian raids, etc.) as of March 5. (Special thanks to “Chris Scott’s Desert Travels” blog. Chris did some sleuthing to find “Ametatai valley,” which was cited in a Reuters article … Continue reading

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Mali update: France begins a ground adventure in the mountains

As a follow-up to my post yesterday, news reports today that French Special Forces clashed with militants deep in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains seem to demonstrate further that France is taking its vow to eliminate terrorist threats in Mali … Continue reading

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Introducing the Mali map!

I’m proud to introduce today the official Notes on the Periphery “Mali map”! This map will serve as a tracker of sorts – charting (1) clashes with rebels, (2) significant towns recaptured by the French/ECOWAS intervention (or the Tuareg-led enemy-turned-ally … Continue reading

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