New Islamic Terror Group in Mali

This week for WORLD I wrote about Mali, West Africa and concerns about a new Islamic group that is attracting attention through its terrorism.

A new Islamic terror group is taking root in Mali, terrorizing the central and southern parts of the country in a spate of attacks.

Macina Liberation Front (MLF) emerged in 2015 and is imitating other terror groups in the Middle East and Africa. Its fighters destroyed a mausoleum slated to become a UN World Heritage site and have threatened anyone who doesn’t adhere to their strict interpretation of Islamic law, according to International Business Times (IBT). MLF has “committed serious abuses in the course of military operations against Mali’s security forces” including executions, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

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