Islamism

Mali: French troops encircle Timbuktu as fleeing Islamists burn ancient scrolls – Telegraph

Cour de la mosquée de Djingareiber, Tombouctou

A building housing tens of thousands of manuscripts from the ancient Muslim world and Greece was set aflame, raising fears of further damage to the country’s cultural heritage after months of destruction by radical Islamists.

French paratroopers swooped in to try to block fleeing hardliners as ground troops coming from the south seized the airport of Timbuktu, which has been a bastion of the extremists controlling the north for 10 months.

via Mali: French troops encircle Timbuktu as fleeing Islamists burn ancient scrolls – Telegraph.

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Timbuktu: History of Fabled Center of Learning

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Timbuktu is a city in Mali, in West Africa, that was founded 1,800 years ago. During Europe’s Middle Ages, it was home to a rich writing tradition that saw the creation of millions of manuscripts, hundreds of thousands of which survive to present day.

via Timbuktu: History of Fabled Center of Learning.

 

Violence flares on anniversary of Egypt uprising | Reuters

(Reuters) – Youths fought Egyptian police in Cairo and Alexandria on Friday on the second anniversary of the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak and brought the election of an Islamist president who protesters accuse of riding roughshod over the new democracy.

via Violence flares on anniversary of Egypt uprising | Reuters.

Africa Must Take Lead in Mali, France Says

Mali Invasion 2013

Once the situation is more stable, France wants African troops to do most of the work to wrest the north from the Islamists, as called for under a United Nations Security Council resolution passed in December.

French officials conceded, however, that there were disputes over how African participation would be financed and about the best way to transport troops to Mali. In Paris, French officials said the United States, while willing to help ferry African troops, wanted to bill France for the use of transport aircraft, which officials said would not go down well with the French. The Pentagon favors providing rapid help with transport and even with air-to-air refueling, but the White House is more reluctant, the officials said.

via Africa Must Take Lead in Mali, France Says.