Timbuktu: Back From the Brink

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  • Timbuktu Mosques
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  • 070612 global timbuktu Islamist militants destroy shrine
  • Timbuktu
  • Timbuktu

Trigger Point

Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic group Ansar Dine is being blamed for the destruction, whose goal is to “pulverize” the desert city’s ancient mausoleums and tombs to rid the area of idol worship. It is believed the recent onslaught of attacks may have been triggered by UNESCO’s decision to put Timbuktu on a list of endangered World Heritage sites. (Photo: AP Photo/Diakaridia Dembele)

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