The collapse of Libya’s dictatorship has led to the spread of terror and arms throughout West Africa. Muslim fighters and nomadic separatists, once controlled by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, now have free reign and the weapons to impose their will across Niger, Mali and Mauritania. The military coup in Mali was a direct result of soldiers wanting to fight these threats.

A MIX of Salafist muslims and Tuareg nomadic fighters has obtained a huge stockpile of arms from Libya since the fall of the Gaddafi regime and now has free reign over a wide region of West Africa, including Niger, Mali and Mauritania. And the fighters are already making their mark.

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