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A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Lafiabougou, Bamako, November 24, 2013. Malians trickled to the polls amid high security for a legislative ballot on Sunday, in the second set of elections since France intervened this year to oust al Qaeda-linked militants from the country's north.
A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Lafiabougou, Bamako, November 24, 2013. Malians trickled to the polls amid high security for a legislative ballot on Sunday, in the second set of elections since France intervened this year to oust al Qaeda-linked militants from the country's north.
(REUTERS)

GEOFFREY YORK

Beneath Mali’s calm surface, the Islamist threat is alive and well

By now, peace and stability were supposed to be returning to war-ravaged Mali.

France was promising to withdraw its troops, and United Nations peacekeepers were in place. Elections were held peacefully this week. A former coup leader was hauled to court on Wednesday to face criminal charges. Mali’s supporters in Europe and elsewhere were congratulating themselves on the progress.