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Sahel insecurity poses global threat, study finds

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said that his country would not send troops to battle al Qaeda-linked groups in northern Mali. Aziz send the military would defend its borders and protect its citizens.

Police arrested a suspected French jihadist in Nema near the Malian border. The man, who had links to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, had entered Mauritania from Morocco, and was planning to go to Timbuktu in Mali.

More People Displaced By Turmoil in Mali Than Previously Estimated - UN Refugee Agency

Algeria wins Berber help to root out al-Qaida

The Whiff of Conflict Grows in a Divided Mali

Plan to Combat Mali's Militants Finds Few Takers

President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz flew to Paris for treatment following a supposedly accidental shooting; two army officers have been detained. Some sources say the president was targeted by a militant group. Security was heightened last week over reports that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb-linked terrorists were planning an attack in Mauritania, which has opposed the Islamist takeover of neighboring Mali.

European official: Al Qaeda threat in northern Africa 'spreading'

Mauritania appeals to UN for counter-terror support

Muslim militants shifting focus to North Africa: Tunisia leader

Mali prepares for war with Islamists despite reticent neighbours

In Mali, Islamists Maim Robbery Suspects

Four French captives of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb appeared in a video pleading with the French government to negotiate with al Qaeda for their release. The captives were among a group of seven kidnapped two years ago in Niger; three were released in 2011.

Mauritanian police intercepted a weapons shipment on the Malian border near Fassala. Mauritanian businessmen were shipping the weapons to Ansar Dine, the Islamist group in control of northern Mali.

President Aziz said Mauritania would not intervene militarily against the Islamist takeover in Mali, but warned that the growing terrorist risk "can be a catastrophe for the entire world." He promised Mauritanian assistance with international efforts to stabilize Mali.

Senior al Qaeda ideologue freed in Mauritania

Abu Hafs al Mauritani, a senior al Qaeda ideologue, has been set free in Mauritania. Until earlier this year, Abu Hafs was held under a loose form of house arrest in Iran. His sudden extradition to Mauritania and subsequent freedom worries some US intelligence officials.

In Niger refugee camp, anger deepens against Mali's al-Qaeda-linked Islamists

US expands secret intelligence operations in Africa

Special Ops Leader Seeks New Authority and Is Denied