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Is Al-Qaeda Beefing Up Its Presence in Mali?

Ali Cissé, 30, a shopkeeper, couldn't contain his curiosity when a new wave of gunmen rolled into town. Outside the governor's compound in downtown Gao -- a...

North Africa's Sahel: The Next Terrorism Hot Spot?

With a gigantic cache of of advanced anti-aircraft rockets missing from a raided storage space in Tripoli this week, concerns rose that the Gaddafi regime's...

Terror Threat in N. Africa: Kidnapping Foreigners

In the three years since allying itself with Osama bin Laden, North Africa's al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) militant group has worked hard to align its...

The Perilous Tide

Posted Friday, May 26, 2006 Just last autumn, desperate African migrants scaled barbed wire fences on Morocco's northern coast—a mere 14 km from this Spanish...

Mauritania: Daddah Knows Best

When Mauritania won its independence in 1960, sovereignty and sand were about all it had. Sprawled across the lower Sahara on Africa's Atlantic hump, the arid...

MAURITANIA: Exit Daddah

A costly war provokes a coup Citizens of the quiet, sand-swept Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott (pop. 103,500) were trudging to their jobs early one morning...

MAURITANIA: Why Not Corsica?

Last week the vast but thinly populated (650,000) French territory of Mauritania became the 18th nation to achieve independence this year. Tunisia quickly...

MAURITANIA: Hope in the Desert

A volley from the muskets of blue-turbaned Moorish guards rattled in the desert air as the Air France DC-4 taxied to a halt. Smiling, the youthful figure,...

NORTH AFRICA: Shadowy War in the Sahara

Polisario. What is it? Someone's name? Some sort of police force? Actually, it is the latest in the long list of labels attached to the world's many guerrilla...

Science: Shadow Over Sahara

Water wells are miles apart. Under the blistering sun, the temperature of the sand often reaches 180° F. Despite these forbidding conditions, foreigners have...

AFRICA: Armed Only by Allah

The International Court of Justice in The Hague was designed to settle disputes between nations. Last week the World Court came through with a decision that...

United Nations: Package Deal

After months of public haggling, the U.N. Security Council last week succumbed to Russian blackmail and voted in two new members: Mauritania and the Mongolian...

Foreign News: Sons of the Same Country

Of all the delegates from French Africa to attend a conference in Paris last January, none were more lavishly treated than the four gentlemen from Mauritania—the...

NORTH AFRICA: Empire of Sand

Nations which get their independence by exercising a boundless nationalism often appear incapable of keeping their nationalism within boundaries. A case in...