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Weekly News Roundup: Nigeria’s state of emergency, Kidal battle looming, and Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia

Missed a week again as I was away in the greatest city in the world. But have no fear, a double helping of news roundup is here for all to see. West Africa Nigeria: In the most drastic measures taken … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Iraq on edge, coup in Chad, and a town flattened in Nigeria

It’s a 2-for-1 deal! Having failed to deliver a news roundup last weekend, I’ll use this weekend’s roundup to cover two weeks-worth of news and analysis below. As usual, lots going on. Middle East & North Africa Turkey: The Kurdistan … 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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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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Weekly News Roundup: Rumblings in Central Africa, progress on the two Sudans, and Al Qaeda’s pitiful online game

Busy week in several areas of interest for Notes on the Periphery! A lot of interesting stuff to get plugged into… West Africa Mali: Le Monde has a very eloquent description of the Islamist fighters’ “citadel of rocks”—the rugged Adrar de … 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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Weekly News Roundup: Pakistan, West Africa kidnappings, Iranian mischief in Nigeria

(Notes on the Periphery will feature a few news and analysis pieces each week from trending topics. Not meant to be comprehensive (thank God!), but rather meant to introduce some of the highlights.) So…the first-ever Notes on the Periphery news roundup … Continue reading

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