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Interactive: France's new game plan to counter jihadism in Africa

US Training Elite Antiterror Troops in Four African Nations

Authorities released Sidi Ould Sidi High, a Malian suspected of belonging to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. He was arrested last year on charges of selling explosives to armed groups.

Moroccan jihadist leader dies in Syria

Belmokhtar empire based on crime

The government closed several Islamic charities, including one tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, for "overstepping their mandate." The MB-linked Tewassoul opposition party said it was prevented from holding a meeting in Nouakchott "for security reasons." Protests were held in several cities earlier this week against the desecration of several Korans in Nouakchott on March 3.

Hundreds of demonstrators marched in the capital yesterday protesting the alleged desecration of several copies of the Koran by four turbaned men on March 2, and one man was killed by an exploding tear gas canister. The RFD party condemned the desecration.

Timbuktu waits for peace dividend

Africa a 'hothouse' for extremist groups: US

Desert gives al Qaeda refuge after Mali defeat

Sahel military forces train together

A demonstration was held outside the UN offices in Nouakchott yesterday demanding that Mauritanian Guantanamo detainees Mohamed Ould Sellahi and Ahmedou Ould Abdel Aziz be freed. Cheikh Ould Mohamed Ould Mkheitir was imprisoned last week for writing an article that allegedly defamed the Prophet Mohammed. President Mohamed Aziz has reaffirmed that Mauritania is an Islamic state, not a secular one.

Security forces reportedly arrested several previously detained Salafists on Dec. 27, including Sidi Ould Mamoury. A number of the 29 al Qaeda-linked inmates at Nouackchott Central Prison have gone on a hunger strike to protest "arbitrary measures" such as the denial of parole and the imposition of fines as a condition of their release.

Organised crime and terrorism among big threats facing the Sahel

Islamists poised to win seats in Mauritanian parliament

Radical opposition boycotts Mauritanian elections

The Tuareg MNLA and the HCUA, along with the Arab MAA, three rebel movements in northern Mali, are said to have reaffirmed their commitment in Ouagdougou to the accord reached this summer with the Malian government. The three groups reportedly offered to leave Kidal by Nov. 14 and asked for a renewed focus on security for Kidal and the Azawad area in general. Authorities released El Hacen Ould Mata, a Salafist, earlier this week, after he had served a three-year prison sentence.

Mauritania, Niger sign defence pact

Morocco takes down al-Qaeda cell

Extremists exploit Sahel unrest