A Project of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

In northern Mali, far from Western eyes, a powerful Al Qaeda affiliate has managed to carve out what is effectively a new country. What they do with it will determine the future of the war on terror.
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The soaring mountains and cliffs of northern Mali once made the region a hotspot for Western hikers and rock climbers.

Today, the terrain gives fugitive Islamist fighters an endless array of potential hiding places. Image by Yochi Dreazen. Mali, 2013.