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Map of Al Qaeda-linked attacks in Mali and neighboring countries since 2014. Map made by Caleb Weiss for The Long War Journal. A joint Burkinabe-French special forces unit ended an al Qaeda siege on a hotel that began yesterday in the West African nation of Burkina Faso. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Al Qaeda's official branch in North Africa, claimed responsibility for the attack which reportedly killed more than 20 people from more than 18 countries. More than 100 hostages have…

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A brigade of Katibat al Murabitoon in AQIM Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Al Qaeda's official branch in North Africa, has claimed responsibility for an attack today on a popular hotel in the West African country of Burkina Faso. The attack is still ongoing in Burkina Faso's capital of Ouagadougou as of publishing of this story and the number of casualties has not yet been confirmed. Burkina Faso is located south of Mali and has suffered some spillover of the conflict there…

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Map of Al Qaeda-linked attacks in Mali and neighboring countries since 2014. Map made by Caleb Weiss for The Long War Journal. A joint Burkinabe-French special forces unit ended an al Qaeda siege on a hotel that began yesterday in the West African nation of Burkina Faso. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Al Qaeda's official branch in North Africa, claimed responsibility for the attack which reportedly killed more than 20 people from more than 18 countries. More than 100 hostages have…

Unamused Observer: Travelling in West Africa - Sénégal & the borders with Guinea, The Gambia & Guinea-Bissau

As Al Qaeda's official branch in North Africa, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), was undertaking the hotel siege in the capital city of the Western African country Burkina Faso, the jihadist group also concurrently executed two attacks in the northern part of the country. Near the town of Tin Akoff, which sits close to the Malian border, two gendarmes were killed by suspected jihadists when 20 gunmen stormed a nearby village yesterday. Additionally, an Australian couple was kidnapped…

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