AP Reporter’s Quest To Find Bodies Ends In Desert

After French troops drove extremists out of Timbuktu in January, the Malian army returned, eager to settle scores.

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — Across the desert, the wind combs the sand into smooth ripples that roll out evenly for miles. So when a hole is dug, you see it immediately. The sand looks agitated. Its pattern is disturbed. That's how you know where the bodies are buried. Close to three dozen people in northern Mali disappeared earlier this year,

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U.S. Troops Enter Mali, Escalating West African Presence

The first U.S. troops arrived in Mali Friday, a change of policy after Washington had taken a mostly hands-off approach roughly one year ago.

The first U.S. troops arrived in Mali Friday, a change of policy after Washington took a relatively hands-off approach during the French invasion roughly one year ago. A small number of U.S. troops are now in place, aiding the 4,000 French troops on the ground in combat roles. “About 10” U.S. ground troops are in the country, assigned to

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French, Malian Forces Take Control Of Bourem

French soldiers on armored vehicles drive near Bourem, northern Mali, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Mali’s military detained eight Arab men last week in Timbuktu, raising fears of further reprisals against the region’s Arab minority whose members are accused of having supported the al-Qaida-linked groups which overran northern Mali last year. (AP Photo /Pascal Guyot, Pool) […]

Hundreds of French and Malian soldiers have retaken the jihadist stronghold of Bourem, a town where many radical Islamic fighters were believed to have fled, officials and witnesses said Sunday. Militants launched two suicide attacks last week on a checkpoint leading into Gao on the road from Bourem, raising fears of a protracted insurgency in

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In Timbuktu, Al-Qaida Left Behind A Manifesto

In this Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 photo, neighborhood resident Mohamed Alassane sifts through documents left behind at the Ministry of Finance’s Regional Audit Department, in Timbuktu, Mali, where a confidential letter was found from terror leader Abdelmalek Droukdel spelling out the terror network’s blueprint for conquering this desert nation. In the days before being rousted […]

In their hurry to flee last month, al-Qaida fighters left behind a crucial document: Tucked under a pile of papers and trash is a confidential letter, spelling out the terror network's strategy for conquering northern Mali and reflecting internal discord over how to rule the region. The document is an unprecedented window into the terrorist

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Near Timbuktu, 2 Bodies Show Reprisal Killings

In this Thursday Feb. 7, 2013 photo, diggers find a bullet near the head of the corpse of Mohamed Lamine in Timbuktu, Mali, whose body was dumped in the desert. Lamine, an Arab, was last seen being led away at gunpoint by Malian soldiers on Jan. 28. Children found his body and that of another […]

The bodies are buried here, in the side of a dune less than a mile outside this desert capital, dumped out of sight in a forgotten and uninhabited zone. Except the wind undressed the grave. It threw off the blanket of yellow sand to reveal a white piece of clothing. Soon the children of the shepherds who spend their days roaming the dunes

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Meet The Unlikely Group That Saved Timbuktu’s Manuscripts

In this photo taken Mar. 16, 2004, crumbling ancient Islamic manuscripts belonging to 48-year old Fatama Bocar Sambala, above-left, are shown in her mud-walled house in Timbuktu, Mali. Islamist extremists torched a library containing historic manuscripts in Timbuktu, the mayor of the town said Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, while owners have succeeded in removing some […]

The saving of Timbuktu’s priceless manuscripts owes everything to the bravery of an unlikely group — librarians. The coalition of Tuareg separatists and Islamic militants who overran the city last April were just the latest in a series of foreign invaders to sweep into the fabled desert city, so the owners of Timbuktu’s manuscripts did what they

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