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February 1, 2013 7:09 PM

Mali’s neighbors take steps to keep al Qaida militants from escaping

The loose coalition of Islamist fighters that held northern Mali for most of last year now have fled before a French-led assault on their strongholds. Most have simply disappeared, without offering any resistance. That’s disconcerting news for Mali’s desert neighbors, which are seeking ways to make sure the Islamists don’t a find a new haven within their borders.

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