You'll need a map of Africa to find Timbuktu. It is in Mali, which is south of Libya.
Years back, Timbuktu was a center of commerce. Sporting a desert to the North and a jungle to the South, it was a perfect jumping off spot for goods coming out of Africa. Caravans would form up and make the trek across the Sahara to the Mediterranean.
The Portuguese spoiled all that when they formed up sea ports on the western African coast. And Timbuktu died, for all practical purposes. It just wasn't really needed for much any more.
How things change. Al Qaeda has found a home. At least we know where to find them.....
Northern Mali is now the biggest territory held by Al Qaeda and its allies. And as the world hesitates, delaying a military intervention, the extremists who seized control of the area earlier this year are preparing for a war they boast will be worse than the decade-old struggle in Afghanistan.
"Al-Qaeda never owned Afghanistan," said former United Nations diplomat Robert Fowler, a Canadian kidnapped and held for 130 days by Al Qaeda's local chapter, whose fighters now control the main cities in the north. "They do own northern Mali."
Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Africa has been a shadowy presence for years in the forests and deserts of Mali, a country hobbled by poverty and a relentless cycle of hunger. In recent months, the terror syndicate and its allies have taken advantage of political instability within the country to push out of their hiding place and into the towns, taking over an enormous territory which they are using to stock arms, train forces and prepare for global jihad.
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