Sept. 11, 2012: A blaze erupted during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
October 2, 2012 As al-Qaida has fragmented, U.S. officials have turned their attention to loosely affiliated groups that present threats of their own. Officials tell The Washington Post that among the steps being considered are drone strikes aimed at terrorists based in North Africa.
In this image from a video, an Islamist militant celebrates after the destruction of a Sufi shrine earlier this month in Timbuktu.
July 13, 2012 Islamist extremists have been knocking down centuries-old tombs and other sites sacred to Sufis. Little can be done to stop them. There's no effective government in Mali. The democratically elected president was toppled in a coup earlier this year.
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Soldiers loyal to junta leaders in Mali load their weapons, including a machine gun, onto a taxi after leaving a military camp where anti-junta forces were subdued.
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May 1, 2012 A counter-coup staged by supporters of the ousted president of Mali failed and junta leaders kept control of the capital. The junta only controls a third of Mali; the remainder is held by ethnic Tuareg and Islamist rebels. A report alleges Tuareg rebels are committing horrific human rights abuses.
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