Clues from Al-Quaida’s “meticulous bookkeeping techniques” point to a highly-structured multinational organization.
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,