Delegates from Ansar Dine, one of the Islamist groups controlling northern Mali, traveled to Algeria and Burkina Faso for talks with ECOWAS mediator Blaise Compaore, who prefers negotiations to military intervention. Sahel clerics said Malian militants were using "false jihad" as a pretext for criminal activity.
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