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Weekly News Roundup: What you missed while watching the “Boston manhunt”

It has certainly been a harrowing week, especially for current residents of the Boston area—including myself. As far as we know now, the Boston Marathon bombers were Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechen brothers born in Kyrgyzstan with family in … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Bashir’s good mood in Sudan, Mozambique troubles, and Michel Djotodia learns his lesson

East Africa Sudan: We caught President Omar al-Bashir in an extremely generous mood this past month. In addition to agreeing to a rapprochement with South Sudan over oil and border demarcation and indicating that it would be willing to negotiate … 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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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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Weekly News Roundup: Jihadist sanctuary in Mali, Somali arms embargo, and Malaysian vigilance

West Africa Mali: French and Chadian forces pushed deeper into the heart of enemy territory in Mali—the remote Adrar des Ifoghas mountains. Here they uncovered a considerable weapons cache (in the Ametetai valley), killed a handful of militants, and captured … 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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