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US wary of Africa “terrorist” threat as Senegal detains suspects

Senegal has detained a Mauritanian and a Malian for suspected terrorist links, its government said on Friday, and a top U.S. defense official called for international teamwork to counter a growing presence of al Qaeda and its allies in Africa. The United States and African governments are backing a five-week-old French military campaign against Islamist rebels in Senegal’s neighbor Mali, calling it a blow against jihadists who threaten attacks in Africa and elsewhere. After driving the bulk of the rebels from north Mali towns such as Gao and Timbuktu, French, Malian and African troops are pursuing the insurgents in the remote mountainous northeast where they are thought to be holding … Continue reading

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