NEWSLETTER - March 7, 2013
Dear Friends of Caravan to Class,
The news on Timbuktu and Mali continues to be an important part of the global news cycle.
Liberation of Timbuktu and Recent Events
Only days after the French liberated Timbuktu and much of Northern Mali, they reported that they would leave soon. However, as events have unfolded, they, and the rest of the world, have come to realize how tightly linked Ansar Dine, the group of Islamic militants that took over Northern Mali, was with Al Qaida. As a result, the French will likely not leave until either a UN peacekeeping force arrives or they are able to establish a very secure cordon in the north of the Sahara Desert.