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The Jihadist Threat in Western and North Africa

MIN READJan 24, 2013 | 11:30 GMT

A French soldier stands next to an armored vehicle in Niono, Mali, on Jan. 20

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The Jan. 16-19 hostage crisis at an Algerian energy facility raises concerns about the extent to which the militant group responsible and its allies could strike again. Underscoring these concerns, the jihadist leader of the al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb-affiliated group, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, has threatened to carry out more attacks in the Sahel and Maghreb regions. Of the countries in these regions, Libya is most at risk of an attack....

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