Al-Qaeda Fighters Have Advanced Beyond Their Stronghold In Northern Mali For The First Time Ever
The latest fighting raised fears that even more of Mali could fall into the hands of “al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” (AQIM) and its local allies. Last year, they seized three northern regions covering 300,000 square miles - an area more than three times bigger than Britain.
AQIM’s fighters are now trying to capture more territory. Hundreds of fighters have been mobilised, particularly in the northern city of Timbuktu, and sent southwards to fight the national army.