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Algerian extremists have loose ties with radicals in Mali

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Reuters/Kjetil Alsvik / Statoil/Handout
By: Michel Arseneault
7 min

On Thursday, the Algerian military launched an air and ground assault on a desert gas complex where Islamists were holding hostages. Dozens are reported dead. RFI spoke to Columbia University historian Gregory Mann who says the militants have loose ties with radicals in neighboring Mali.

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