Jihadists’ Fierce Justice Drives Thousands to Flee Mali

Tens of thousands of refugees have fled Timbuktu and other Malian cities after “an influx of jihadists—some homegrown and others possibly from afar—intent on imposing an Islam of lash and gun on Malian Muslims,” reports Adam Nossiter for The New York Times. The violence comes months after a coup d’état in which army officers installed “a military junta under an American-trained officer … [bringing to an end] two decades of elected governments” in the west African country. According to Nossiter, “American counterterrorism experts express concerns that Mali could turn into a magnet for international terrorists.”

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