Tribal fighters from the Islamist Ansar Dine and the secular Tuareg MNLA clashed in Kidal after 500 people protested the imposition of sharia law. The two groups seized northern Mali in March and formed a pact in May. The president of Niger said militants in northern Mali are being trained by jihadists from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The ANSF Order of Battle
A breakdown of the structure and units in the Afghan National Security Forces.
The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan
A look at the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan's top leaders.
The Quetta Shura
A look at the Afghan Taliban's top leaders, military councils, and committees.